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How Taiwan successfully contained the coronavirus pandemic

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    We spoke with Ambassador Antonio Hsieh, Director General of the Taiwan Office in Argentina, who detailed the main actions that served to contain the coronavirus. How Taiwan successfully contained the coronavirus pandemic
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What were the 5 measures that the government of President Tsai took? . We spoke with Ambassador Antonio Hsieh, Director General of the Taiwan Office in Argentina, who detailed the main actions that served to contain the coronavirus. To date, Taiwan has accounted for 108 cases, far fewer than China's cases and deaths. A stark contrast considering the closeness of both countries.

To date, Taiwan has accounted for 108 cases, far fewer than China's cases and deaths. A stark contrast considering the closeness of both countries.

Ambassador Antonio Hsieh, Director General of the Taiwan Office in Argentina, who detailed the main actions that served to contain the coronavirus.

"In January of this year, the government of Taiwan has coordinated with all the ministries to combat this epidemic. We knew the great contagion that this would cause," he explained.
"There are 5 necessary measures that were taken to combat this epidemic. The first thing is border control. We have taken the step of closing the borders, since we are close to China. We also use technology to detect any suspicious case. We have a health system controlling the entry and exit of the entire population. No one escapes. And if that happens, he has a fine of 3,500 US dollars. If he causes something more serious, he has another fine, including imprisonment for up to 3 years.
Another measure is to insure all medical supplies, hospitals, clinics, nurses. The people who are controlling the borders have all the necessary equipment such as masks and appropriate clothing. The government has an obligation to offer these materials.

A very important measure is public education. Explaining hand washing, wearing chinstraps when they go to a busy place, on the subway and buses. Not only adults but also children. This year before school begins, the government has coordinated with schools, teachers and school principals, security measures to fight the pandemic. Students already have that awareness of how to protect themselves. In Taiwan, schools were not closed. "

The Minister of Health and Social Welfare informs the public, every day in a transparent way so that people know what is happening. They have carried out a survey to find out how the government is handling this situation. Almost all the people are approving it. People have peace of mind because they know what is going on. The tranquility of the town is very important. We must be transparent and update the information, said Ambassador Antonio Hsieh.

At the Taipei Commercial and Cultural Office in Argentina we have taken the necessary measures regarding the transportation of our employees. We have supplied gel alcohol and chinstraps.
Last year we informed the WHO about this situation and they ignored us. We are not members of the World Health Organization for the blockade of Communist People's China, and that is why we are fighting alone. We have done the prevention of the epidemic in a very successful way.
Chinstraps and alcohol are strategic care materials, said the ambassador. The government has coordinated with private companies to produce chinstraps. Chinstrap production is normalizing and at the beginning of April Taiwan will be the 2nd country that produces chinstraps in the world. Including clothing for doctors and nurses.

Taiwan began requiring all hospitals to carry out the appropriate tests and report cases. That helped the government identify those infected, track their contacts, and isolate everyone involved, preventing the virus from spreading in the community.

The Minister of Health and Welfare activated the operation of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) and implement a series of measures:

Control of its borders: It was the first to ban flights to and from Wuhan and other Chinese cities.

The use of technology for case detection: performs temperature monitoring at airports and eliminates passengers' 14-day quarantines according to current regulations.

In addition, the Taiwanese government has integrated national health insurance data with immigration and customs data, and a monitoring program that has allowed people to report travel stories and symptoms of illness by scanning a QR code when they arrive in Taiwan. The travelers then received a text message with their health status, allowing customs officials to skip low-risk passengers and focus on passengers with a high risk of COVID-19 infection.

The effective supply of protection elements: banned the export of chinstraps, implemented a rationing system, and set the price at just 16 cents each.

Education of the population: with frequent messages from the health authorities on radio and television.

Peñas and punishment for breaches.

President Tsai Ing-wen said on Thursday 19 that she will decide whether to issue an Emergency Decree amidst the fight against the spread of the pandemic of the new coronavirus COVID-19 that affects the development of the pandemic situation in Taiwan.

This was stated by Tsai in a meeting with journalists in the Presidential Palace after the head and legislator of the opposition Kuomintang party, Chiang Chi-chen, and the mayor of New Taipei City, Hou Yu-ih, advised on Wednesday 18 to The President will issue an Emergency Decree to allow preventive and response measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the national territory.