- Most coronavirus updates these days are a chilling sum of more pain to come from the pandemic this winter, but there is one country that has pushed back the coronavirus to a truly impressive degree.
- Taiwan, an island nation of 23 million people, has not recorded any local COVID-19 cases in 200 days.
- In addition, Taiwan has only recorded 550 cases of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, as well as only seven deaths.
If you’re only listening to some expert voices right now to get a sense of where we’re at in the coronavirus pandemic, you’d be forgiven for feeling rather dejected right now. For example, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, speaking about the pandemic at a press conference Thursday, sounded really depressing: “The virus is raging across the state of Ohio. There is no place to hide. Looking at the country as a whole, White House health adviser Dr Anthony Fauci looked particularly dire in various coronavirus updates he shared on Wednesday, such as in an appearance on CNBC News with Shepard Smith who saw the doctor report an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in 47 states. This has led Dr. Fauci to lament that almost all of the United States is “going in the wrong direction.”
The thing is, it doesn’t have to be that way. For proof, consider the fact that there is in fact a country in the world that does not have, at the time of this writing, a local case of COVID-19 in 200 days.
Taiwan’s coronavirus record, for a foreigner, is truly magnificent. A new wave of the pandemic is currently exploding in the United States and Europe, while in Taiwan, an island nation of 23 million people, its last local case was recorded on April 12. And there would have been nothing since.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Taiwan has recorded only 550 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, and only seven deaths. Taiwan, according to a TIME The magazine’s report, kept things at bay to this degree thus: “Experts say the early closure of borders and strict travel regulations have gone a long way in tackling the virus. Other factors include rigorous contact tracing, technology-enhanced quarantine, and universal mask wear. Additionally, Taiwan’s deadly experience with SARS scared people into complying. ”
“Taiwan is the only major country that has so far been able to eliminate community transmission of COVID,” Peter Collignon, an infectious disease physician and professor at the Australian National University Medical School, told magazine. Further, he added that Taiwan “probably had the best result in the world,” which is “even more impressive” for an economy with a population roughly the same size as Australia’s – and with large numbers of people. many people living close to each other in apartments.
A caveat to all of this: this should not be interpreted as saying that Taiwan has received some sort of clear signal. We pointed out that it had been 200 days since Taiwan registered a local case, but the nation essentially does imported 20 cases in the past two weeks, according to reports. They came from other countries in Southeast Asia, so it remains to be seen whether these imported cases will continue to trigger a local epidemic.