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Tawain officials commends 'Taiwan Model' to PH for containing COVID-19 without lockdown


As the Philippines re-opens its economy this May 1, Taiwan's representative to the Philippines on Monday argued in an op-ed that Taiwan can provide a model for controlling COVID-19 without  imposing a lockdown.


Representative Michael Hsu said that Taiwan have learned enough after experiencing an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003. The country even established the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) to better coordinate its response across government departments.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the CECC has helped the government quickly implement prevention measures, mobilize resources, trace contacts and monitor the outbreak using big data analysis, Hsu said.

The representative added that CECC press conferences, which raise public awareness, and Taiwan's strong national health care system has also helped the country in containing the virus successfully.

With all of these, Hsu argued that Taiwan can provide a model for containing COVID-19 without a lockdown. He  also reiterated the government's repeated call for Taiwan to be admitted into the World Health Organization (WHO).
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