Taiwan has held out for over 200 days without a single case of coronavirus infection within the country. To achieve such a result, the island's authorities were helped by a prompt response and the use of technology in ensuring quarantine, Bloomberg reports.
About 20 cases were nevertheless “brought” from other Asian regions, but each of them was traced. Taiwan introduced tough measures at the very beginning of the epidemic: authorities obliged the entire population to wear masks, used the latest technology to track infections and closed borders at the beginning of the year.
As a result, the country, according to the Johns Hopkins Institute, faced only 550 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection, of which 7 were fatal. According to experts, the island with more than 23 million inhabitants may have coped with the pandemic better than any other country in the world.
It is emphasized that this was influenced by the previous coronavirus epidemic: the SARS virus in 2003 hit Taiwan harder than many other countries. Then there were several hundred infected and more than 70 dead.
In March of this year, a case was reported illustrating the approach of the Taiwanese authorities to the fight against the disease: a man who escaped from quarantine to visit a nightclub was fined one million local dollars (2.6 million rubles).