Robert Collins
Robert Collins
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  • Taiwan holds the world's best viral record by far and reached the new milestone on Thursday.
  • To date, 20 imported cases from Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines and Indonesia have come into the country.
  • As it's not easy to make people stay in quarantine, Taiwan has taken steps to provide food.

Taiwan (SK) — Taiwan holds the world's best viral record by far and reached the new milestone on Thursday. Taiwan uses standard contact tracing technology, which links 20 to 30 contacts to each confirmed case. Other factors include hard contact tracking, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing.

As a matter of fact, Taiwan's deadly experience with SARS has scared people into observance of the rules. “Taiwan is the only major country that has so far been able to keep community transmission of Covid eliminated” said Peter Collignon, an infectious diseases physician and professor. Taiwan has “probably had the best result around the world” he said. It's “even more impressive” for an economy that has a population about the size of Australia.

Still, Taiwan isn't out of the woods yet. To date, 20 imported cases from Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines and Indonesia have come into the country. “Other countries can learn from Taiwan's experience”, said Chen Chien-jen, an epidemiologist. “Nothing works without tracing those who have tested positive and then quarantining them”.

As it's not easy to make people stay in quarantine, Taiwan has taken steps to provide food. It supplies meal and grocery delivery and even some friendly contact via Line Bot, a robot that texts and chats.

Moreover, the decision to stockpile and have central distribution of face masks helped make Taiwan's success. Because of this, the island was able to ration masks to residents on a regular basis. Within four months, companies increased production from 2 million to 20 million units a day. “We sacrificed fourteen days of 340,000 people in exchange for normal lives for 23 million people”, Chen said.

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