Taiwan is now one of the recovering countries after successfully beating Coronavirus with only a small number of cases of local transmission, which they easily managed. Out of the 23.7 million total population, there were only 451 confirmed cases and 7 deaths.
The country is almost back to its normal status, but it still conducting cautionary measures such as regular temperature scans, and the wearing of face masks is also still expected in public places. People can now do leisure and recreational activities locally, and offices and businesses have reopened.
The Quarantine Experience
People who traveled from high-risk countries will undergo a 14-day quarantine. The government shoulders most of the expenses. Upon arrival, a welcome package containing hygiene essentials is given. Food is regularly provided and every once in a while, a local government representative calls and checks up on the person under quarantine. After 14 days, if you are found negative of Covid-19, you are sent home. Basically, being under quarantine in Taiwan is the epitome of a stay-caution.
Travelers arriving from low-risk countries are not required to undergo quarantine any more.
Even with Taiwan’s close proximity to China, the epicenter of the virus outbreak, it is impressive how the country managed to resolve the cases quite easily.
Preparation and Strong Implementation
One of the great moves of Taiwan was a simulation of a lockdown in preparation for worst-case scenarios.
Ever since the SARS 2003, Taiwan’s government already had a plan cooked up for handling disease outbreaks. Experts are assigned for proper implementation and facilitation of measures. Despite Taiwan being excluded in the information transmission with WHO, that did not stop them from imposing counteractive measures of their own. It was the loss of other countries who were not able to grasp ideas from Taiwan.
- Rapid testing centers are accessible at low cost
- Regular temperature checks
- Wearing of face masks in public places
- Heavy penalty for violators
- Proper distribution of masks
- Effective information dissemination
- Digitized health care system (eliminates the need for people to go out to visit hospitals for regular health check-ups, online consultation services)
- Smart mindsets (Taiwanese people think of the greater good rather than satisfying personal desires)
With this success, Taiwan has received praise from nations around the world. But most of all, their return to normalcy and the thought that their country is safe are the greatest rewards they have gotten. As of July 17, 2 new cases were reported, all coming from the Philippines, which currently has more than 63,000 cases. Even so, Taiwan will undoubtedly be able to manage these new cases.