Coronavirus: In Taiwan, there is no need for a lockdown because everyone is playing their part

It seems the UK is waiting for an enforced 'lockdown' before they’ll truly stay at home

Date: 20th March 2020
By Ailsa Goodliff

Taiwan has always felt a very safe place to live (Photo: Ailsa Goodliff)

In late January I flew from Taipei to Hong Kong. Most passengers were wearing surgical masks; that’s when I realised something serious was unfolding.

The 2003 SARS outbreak is a recent memory for many Taiwanese – so news of a fresh virus emerging from mainland China provoked an immediate emotional and societal response. The Government immediately jumped into defence mode and their strategies are clearly working; Taiwan is just over 2000km from China, roughly the same distance between UK and Italy, yet at the time of writing there are only 135 cases of Covid-19 in the country and two fatalities.    [FULL  STORY]

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