How Taiwan and Singapore managed to contain COVID-19, while letting normal life go on

The countries seem to have found the sweet spot between a 'it’s just like the flu' reaction, and imposition of economically devastating lockdowns

National Post
Date: March 21, 2020
By: Tom Blackwell

Commuters wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus look at their mobile phones on the Mass Rapid Transit train in Singapore on March 18, 2020.Catherine Lai/AFP via Getty Images

Sandra Johnson’s husband had already left for work by the time she talked to the National Post Thursday — early Friday morning where she lives in Singapore.

His office was open, and the expat from Mississauga, Ont., was herself planning to visit a nearby mall later. She had gone to the chiropractor the day before.

The city-state of six million is an eastern Asian transportation hub and for a few days had the world’s second-highest number of COVID-19 cases. But its total stood at a modest 345 Friday, with no deaths.

And as Canadians hunker down in their homes or go on panic-buying sprees at the local grocery, life in Singapore motors on more or less as usual.    [FULL  STORY]

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