With Odds Against It, Taiwan Keeps Coronavirus Corralled

NPR (National Public Radio)
Date: March 13, 20205
By: NPR Staff

People wear face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus as they pray at the Longshan Temple in Taipei, Taiwan, on Thursday. Taiwan has reported a relatively low number of cases of the virus despite its proximity to China, where the virus was first detected.
Chiang Ying-ying/AP

The challenges that COVID-19 poses for governments around the world are formidable. For Taiwan, there have been additional hurdles.

Experts say the island's response to the novel coronavirus has been remarkably effective so far, despite many serious challenges, starting with its close links to China, and may even hold lessons for others to follow.

"Taiwan is sort of a positive deviant," said Jason Wang, a pediatrician who heads the Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention at the Stanford University medical school.

"It did really well when they were not expected to do so well."    [FULL  STORY]

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