Taiwan: A Global Model for Combatting the COVID-19 Crisis

Taiwan: A Global Model for Combatting the COVID-19 Crisis
Case Code: BSTR610
Case Length: 20 Pages
Period: 2020
Pub Date: 2020
Teaching Note: Available
Price: Rs.500
Organization : -
Industry : Government
Countries : Taiwan
Themes: Crisis Management, Disaster Management, Pandemic Preparedness and Response, Public Policy
Taiwan: A Global Model for Combatting the COVID-19 Crisis
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Outbreak of COVID-19

The coronavirus outbreak came to light on December 31, 2019, when China informed the WHO of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan City in Hubei Province, China – the seventh-largest city in China with 11 million residents. The first reported infected individuals were discovered to be stallholders in the Wuhan South China Seafood Market. Subsequently, the wet market was closed on January 1, 2020...

Taiwan's Response to COVID-19

A study called “Modelling the Spread of 2019-nCoV” conducted by Johns Hopkins University in January 2020 forecast that Taiwan would be one of the most at-importation risk areas outside of mainland China due to its geographic proximity and extensive trade links with China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. In 2019, about 2.71 million visitors from the mainland traveled to Taiwan. With over 850,000 of its citizens residing and working in mainland China and given that the outbreak coincided with the Chinese New Year, one of the busiest travel times of the year, experts predicted that Taiwan would be heavily affected by COVID-19......

'Taiwan Can Help' Campaign

While prioritizing the needs of the Taiwanese at home, the government extended humanitarian assistance and used its excess capacity to contribute to international epidemic prevention efforts. The country offered medical assistance to countries struggling to contain the virus through the campaign 'Taiwan can Help' by donating masks and other medical equipment... .


Even as the disease continued to wreak havoc across the globe, Taiwan was able to successfully reduce the number of infections and minimize deaths. As of May 30 2020, it had about 440 cases and 7 deaths with a mortality rate of 0.25 per million people. Taiwan experienced a surge in cases starting March 12, 2020, (49 cases) which increased to about 395 by April 15, 2020...

The Road Ahead

Despite its success in combatting COVID 19, Taiwan remained excluded from the WHO and shut out of global health discussions. According to some Taiwanese officials, their exclusion from the WHO was preventing the island from playing its full part in the global response. They said that with more access to the WHO, Taiwan would be able to offer more help in the global fight against COVID-19....


Exhibit I: COVID-19 Cases Worldwide (as of June 24, 2020)
Exhibit II: Estimated Importation Risk Vs. Reported Number of 2019-nCoV Cases by Country/Region
Exhibit III: Actions on Border Control, Travel Restrictions, and Case Finding
Exhibit IV: The Concept of Digital Fence
Exhibit V: Taiwan’s Digital Virus Prevention Campaign
Exhibit VI: Total Coronavirus Cases in Taiwan (as of June 20, 2020)
Exhibit VII: Daily New Cases in Taiwan (Feb 15, 2020-June 19, 2020)
Exhibit VIII: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases per Million People
Exhibit IX: Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Taiwan

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