Taiwan to Break Away from Zero Covid Policy

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Curated by Nimish Sawant

Taiwan is seeing record Covid numbers as the Omicron variant runs wild. But unlike its neighbor, Taiwan won’t stick to zero Covid policy.

  • Taiwan has been one of the success stories of the Covid19 pandemic with minimal number of deaths at a time when the rest of the world was devastated by rising Covid cases.
  • It looks like that golden streak may have come to a halt as Taiwan’s case count has crossed 44,000 cases and the peak is expected only towards the end of May or early June.
  • Taiwanese Health Minister Chen Shih-Chung had said on 17 April that close to 3.6 million Taiwanese people could end up contracting the virus.
  • Unlike China, Taiwan will not be taking a zero-Covid approach. Life is expected to continue as before with even quarantine for international travel cut down to seven days.
  • Taiwan’s vaccination rates are around 70% but surprisingly, a large proportion of its elderly population has either not been vaccinated or only has a single dose.
  • From reports, it seems that the Taiwanese government wasn’t fully prepared for such a spike in cases. Quarantine regulations are confusing and there’s a severe shortage of rapid testing kits.
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