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Taiwan leads 18 more countries that successfully suppressed COVID-19

The Lancet, a leading international medical journal. It ranked 91 countries based on incidence or the number of new cases per million population per day and also assessed mortality rates, tests performed, and effective reproduction rates (ERR).

The study made by Lancet said 19 countries successfully suppressed COVID-19 in August, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, China, Myanmar, Malaysia, New Zealand, Uganda, Togo, Pakistan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Uruguay, South Korea, Finland, Cuba, and Rwanda.

10 of the 19 are in the Asia–Pacific region, the highest performing region globally.

The Lancet stressed that COVID-19 can be suppressed through non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as “effective community health services... to be followed by the introduction of effective and safe vaccines as rapidly as science permits.”

Meanwhile, the Philippines ranked 66th out of 91 countries in suppressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), partly due to the “medical populism” of President Rodrigo Duterte.


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