Taiwan has a population of 23 million people and is among the most densely populated areas on the planet. However, the active cases of Kovid-19 there did not exceed 600, and only seven died. In the second quarter of the year, the country registered an economic decline of only 0.6 percent.
Epidemiologist Chen Chien Jen, who is also a former health minister and former vice president, told Die Welt that imposing a national quarantine was not enough to control the pandemic. One of the first measures Taiwan implemented was to close the borders.
Even today, those who have been in contact with the infected are quarantined in Taiwan. All passengers arriving from abroad, no matter where they come from, must be placed under a 14-day quarantine. Authorities are closely monitoring the implementation of quarantine through cell phone signals.
Anyone who leaves the place where he is isolated receives a warning message. In case he does not respond, a visit from the institutions follows. Those who do not have smartphones are provided with mobile devices. They are also provided with provisions, he informed Deutsche Welle.
Only 1,100 people (or about 0.5 percent) have violated quarantine so far. Taiwanese are known for their collectivism.
“We have a consensus – to limit the freedom of 350,000 people for two weeks to keep normal life at 23 million,” explains Chen Chien Jen. This is why he says that there are cultural differences between different countries, which is why the Taiwanese model is not applicable everywhere.
According to the Taiwan Epidemiological Service, the country informed the World Health Organization on December 31 about “atypical pneumonia” in Wuhan.
It is also stated that people there are isolated, which means that the inflammation is transmitted from person to person. Taiwan itself is not part of the WHO because of pressure from China, which sees the island as its territory. The organization confirmed that they had received an email, but denied that it had been warned about how the virus was transmitted.
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