The entire world is struggling to put the coronavirus pandemic at bay. In several countries, the virus cases are still rising at an alarming rate. The total number of coronavirus cases in the world is nearly 45.5 million now. The death toll is around 1.19 million. Amid all these, East Asian country Taiwan has not reported any locally-transmitted coronavirus cases since around the last 200 days. The last locally-transmitted case was reported in the country on April 12. Taiwan had also become the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage.
Taiwan Had Started Screening Incoming Passengers As Early As December 2019
Taiwan, the nation with around 23 million people, has effectively tackled the coronavirus situation, reporting only 554 cases and 7 deaths till date. All the recent cases in Taiwan are from the people entering the country from abroad. Taiwan had reported a locally-transmitted case last on April 12. The country had begun screening passengers on direct flights from Wuhan for the virus as early as December 31, 2019. The first case was reported in the country on January 21, 2020. By March, Taiwan had prohibited entry of all foreign nationals other than residents, diplomats and special visa holders. Meanwhile, Taiwan President loves Indian food and always orders channa masala and dal.
Govt. Had Increased Production Of Protective Gears; Contact Tracing Measures Were Taken Up
The island’s Central Epidemic Command Center was set up during the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003. In the wake of COVID-19, the body took up the charge to coordinate between various ministries. The government also increased the production of face masks and other protective equipment to combat the virus spread. Mass testing and contact tracing also took place for the rapid tracing of virus cases. As per CNN reports, former Taiwanese Vice President Chen Chien-jen, who also happens to be an epidemiologist, stated, “Very careful contact tracing and very stringent quarantines of close contacts are the best way to contain Covid-19.” Meanwhile, Taiwan airport was allowing passengers to take a flight to nowhere to give travel feels: