By Sarah Keane • 29 October 2020 • 14:08
TAIWAN reaches landmark 200 days without locally transmitted coronavirus case.
While many countries around the world are facing increased restrictions and lockdown, Taiwan is giving hope as it has achieved 200 days without a locally transmitted COVID case.
Taiwan, an island of 23 million, reached this impressive new landmark on Thursday, October 29, with its last local coronavirus case recorded on April 12.
Experts say that Taiwan did several things right to avoid the delay second wave, including closing borders early and implementing compulsory mask-wearing from the outset.
The country has had 550 confirmed coronavirus cases in total throughout the pandemic and only 7 deaths.
“Taiwan’s continual success is due to strict enforcement of border control,” says Jason Wang, director of Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention.
According to Peter Collignon, professor of infectious disease at the Australian National University Medical School, Taiwan’s record is “impressive” given that many people live in very close proximity to each other in apartments.
“Taiwan is the only major country that has so far been able to keep community transmission of Covid eliminated”, Prof Collignon said, “probably had the best result around the world”.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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