After the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan in January 2020, the number of confirmed
patients worldwide soared to 2,472,259 (as of April 21, 2020) . Taiwan was originally
predicted to be one of the most impacted countries outside of China due to its
geographic location and its economic and trade relations with China.
However, Taiwan’s rapid and rigorous response has allowed the country to stay open
without any strict lockdown measures. Instead, the government and people have
implemented and followed rigourous hygiene and social distancing measures. In
addition, the government has been rigorously screening all arrivals from impacted
areas since December 31st, 2019. Currently all arrivals must undergo strict 14 day
As a result of these measures, only 422 COVID-19 cases as of April 21st have
been confirmed so far in Taiwan. In addition, the number of people infected by the
common flu has also declined significantly.
In response to the highly infectious nature of COVID-19, Taipei City Government has
prioritized cooperating with the central government, embracing creative
approaches, and leading by example for other cities and counties.
The preventive measures adopted are as follows:
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