Taiwan, an island with more than 23 million inhabitants, has spent 200 days free from locally transmitted COVID-19 infection.
Taiwan achieved this impressive record through early border closures, in-depth communications tracing, quarantine enforcement, and loyal citizens using their masks, according to a Bloomberg report.
Other countries, including the United States, are now seeing an increase in new COVID-19 cases as winter approaches. France and Germany both announced the national lock on Wednesday.
Taiwan has so far had 553 confirmed cases and 7 deaths caused by COVID-19.
Several countries in Asia have generally done better at containing COVID-19, which may be due to their previous experience in dealing with infectious diseases.
Bloomberg notes that the 2003 SARS epidemic, which hit the island heavily, gave Taiwan the experience it needed to effectively fight the coronavirus.
Peter Collignon, professor of microbiology at Australian National University, told Bloomberg, “Taiwan is the only major country so far that has been able to stop Covid transmission in the community.”
He notes that this achievement is even more impressive, pointing out that Taiwan has the same population size as Australia and that people tend to live in apartments much closer together. Australia has more than 27,000 confirmed illnesses and 907 confirmed deaths.
Despite its successes, cases still came from abroad, the article noted. More than 20 import cases were reported in the past two weeks, with three cases from the Philippines, the US and Indonesia reported on Thursday.