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Taiwan’s ‘Exemplary’ Response Deserves Emulation

Asia Times referenced work by Robert Brook, professor of health policy and management for the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, that examined Taiwan’s efforts to contain the coronavirus.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

While nations across the globe are battling to contain the novel coronavirus, Taiwan has emerged as a “clean spot” sitting on the edge of mainland China, where the first infections surfaced at the end of 2019.

The self-governed island with a population of 23.3 million has only 100 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, compared with much higher tallies in smaller city-states like Hong Kong (181) and Singapore (266).

The 180-kilometer-wide strait has been a natural buffer to fend off the pneumonic pandemic which ravaged mainland China, especially in January and February. But the government must also be given credit for its early intervention and travel curbs that have managed to forestall a local outbreak. The frequent flow of people across the strait could otherwise have spread the contagious pathogen, known as Covid-19, on the island.