Taiwan and Vietnam set examples in discipline while keeping COVID-19 under control

Taiwan and Vietnam set examples in discipline while keeping COVID-19 under control

Taiwan and Vietnam have been in the news recently as both these nations have managed to contain COVID-19 infections. Vietnam has not reported even a single death due to coronavirus despite proximity to China and high trade with China. Taiwan is also having a deeper connection and proximity to China but this island nation has also managed to keep the number of cases low.

Compared to Vietnam and Taiwan, Italy has suffered in a massive way and was the epicenter for infections in Europe (Spain has gone ahead of Italy in number of infections). Early reports suggest that Italy suffered as the country receives a lot of shipments from China and the second reason for spread in Italy is high number of tourists. However, one can’t ignore the late action of Italian government and a crippling medical system for high number of death cases.

Vietnam has population of 95 million and no one has died in this Asian country due to COVID-19 infection. Vietnam was among the first nations to announce serious measures. The government didn’t announce lockdown but people were asked to take precautions and wear masks. Social distancing was carefully observed by locals.

Taiwan has population of 24 million and only 6 death cases have been reported in Taiwan. The country didn’t force lockdowns. The disciple of Taiwanese people has been lauded by health experts. People were wearing masks and following social distancing norms. Taiwan has also exported 17 million masks to countries needing masks. The life is back to normal in Taiwan.

Vietnam:
Total Infections 288
Death Cases: Nil
Population: 95.5 million
Infections in last 10 days: Nil

Taiwan:
Total Infections 440
Death Cases: 6
Population: 23.7 million
Infections in last 10 days: Nil

In comparison, UK has witnessed 31,240 death cases so far and 211 thousand infections. The government was too late in announcing measures and Prime Minister ignored the early warnings. Only when the Prime Minister himself became infected with coronavirus that majority of Britons started taking this infection seriously. We should learn from the countries that have showcased discipline in their fight against coronavirus.

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