CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 in Taiwan -- 6 months on

06/30/2020 09:02 PM
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CNA photo June 27, 2020
CNA photo June 27, 2020

Over the past six months, Taiwan and the rest of the world have undergone dramatic changes because of a novel coronavirus first reported in central China late last year, which causes a respiratory disease later named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.

As of June 30, Taiwan had confirmed 447 COVID-19 cases, including seven deaths, 437 recovered patients, and three in hospital, while global infections had climbed to more than 10 million, according to data from Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control.

During the first four months of 2020, Taiwan introduced a series of COVID-19 control measures, ranging from tighter border controls and delayed opening of schools for the spring semester to social distancing rules.

The following are some of the key developments in Taiwan in the past six months:

Government response

Jan. 21: Taiwan confirms 1st Wuhan coronavirus case

Feb. 25: Law to cope with coronavirus impact clears legislative floor

March 19: Foreign passengers caught unawares by Taiwan entry ban

April 10: In Taiwan, games going on behind closed doors despite COVID-19

A video marking the 100th day since the establishment of Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Face masks - the new normal

Feb. 3: Taiwan approves new rationing system for surgical masks

March 12: New online sales of surgical masks begin

April 27: Taiwan citizens can now donate masks to countries in need

June 1: Cosmetic chains to begin selling surgical masks this week

June 30: Government to continue requisitioning masks until year-end: CECC

The patients

Only few patients were willing to come forward and share their COVID-19 experiences.

April 21: Recovered COVID-19 patient describes trip to 'alien planet' and back

June 18: Taiwan COVID-19 patient released from hospital after 75 days

The economy

June 16: Number of furloughed workers hits high on overseas lockdowns

June 27: COVID-19 affects fund raising activity in Taiwan: accounting firm

June 29: Taiwan economy remains sluggish despite weaker COVID-19 impact

June 30: Taiwan banks' pre-tax profits in May dip nearly 18% due to COVID-19

Taiwan Donates face masks around the world

In May, after days of no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, the government began considering easing some restrictions, such as the ban on mass gatherings, and reopening the borders.

May 8: Pro baseball games open to fans

June 7: Taiwan eases COVID-19 rules as domestic transmissions stay at zero

Border Control

June 22: Visitors to Taiwan increase as doors open to business travelers

June 24: Taiwan to partially reopen to transit passengers Thursday

June 24: Taiwan to allow foreign nationals to apply for non-tourist entry

June 30: Taiwan excluded from EU's 'safe' travel list

Premier Su Tseng-chang shows "stimulus vouchers" at press conference in Taipei. / CNA photo June 2, 2020
Premier Su Tseng-chang shows "stimulus vouchers" at press conference in Taipei. / CNA photo June 2, 2020

Government stimulus

May 4: Taiwan to extend aid plan to uninsured workers, farmers, fishermen

June 2: Taiwan nationals, foreign spouses to receive stimulus vouchers

June 29: Cabinet highlights pre-ordering, digital format of stimulus vouchers

Tests, treatments abd vaccine development

June 3: Taiwan may enter clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine by year-end: CECC

June 10: Researchers planning to sell Chinese medicine for COVID-19

June 29: COVID-19 patient recovers with help of rheumatoid arthritis drug

June 30: Taiwan scientists develop rapid test for potential severe COVID-19 cases

A health official provides assistance to a passenger in the arrival hall at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport regarding quarantine and transportation in this recent photo. / CNA file photo
A health official provides assistance to a passenger in the arrival hall at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport regarding quarantine and transportation in this recent photo. / CNA file photo


From July 1

July 1: Over 20,000 complete pre-ordering of vouchers in 5 minutes

July 1: Taipei sees largest growth in furloughed workers in late June

July 1: CECC reports no new cases of COVID-19, keeping total at 447

A Taipei Metro worker in a protective gown monitors passengers’ temperature. / CNA photo July 1, 2020
A Taipei Metro worker in a protective gown monitors passengers’ temperature. / CNA photo July 1, 2020

July 2: Taiwanese man tests positive for COVID-19 on return from Mexico

July 2: Taiwan adjusts rules on COVID-19 testing of foreign travelers

July 2: Taipei airport launches fake flights to revive travel interest

July 2: Taiwan cancels this year's William Jones Cup due to COVID-19

College entrance examination takers have their temperature checked before entering an exam venue in Taipei. / CNA photo July 4, 2020
College entrance examination takers have their temperature checked before entering an exam venue in Taipei. / CNA photo July 4, 2020

July 3: Taiwan records new COVID-19 case for second day this week

July 4: U.K. includes Taiwan among its safe travel corridors

July 4: Rollout of Taiwan's new eID card unlikely this year: interior ministry

The postponed Baishatun Matsu pilgrimage begins in the early hours on July 5.

July 5: Baishatun Matsu pilgrimage begins with thousands in attendance

July 5: Local tourism sector readjusting to COVID-19 world

July 5: Filipino transit traveler did not contract COVID-19 in Taiwan: CECC

July 6: Health experts push COVID-19 testing for all inbound passengers

July 6: German companies in Taiwan troubled by travel bans: survey

Passengers booked on Vietnam
Passengers booked on Vietnam's second repatriation flight from Taiwan wait in lines for check-in at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. CNA photo July 7, 2020

July 7: 240 Vietnamese repatriated from Taiwan on second charter flight

July 7: Taiwan's June exports shrink due to COVID-19 pandemic

July 7: FDA considers NT$1bn for clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines

July 10: Taiwan reports two new imported COVID-19 cases

The stimulus vouchers. CNA photo July 15, 2020
The stimulus vouchers. CNA photo July 15, 2020

July 15: Post office voucher collection gets off to smooth start

July 15: Taiwan sees no new COVID-19 cases, mulling easing test rules

July 15: Taiwan to allow return of young Chinese children with residence permits

Soldiers in Penghu take part in the annual Han Kuang military exercises. Photo courtesy of Tri-Service General Hospital
Soldiers in Penghu take part in the annual Han Kuang military exercises. Photo courtesy of Tri-Service General Hospital's Penghu Branch July 16, 2020

July 16: One new imported case of COVID-19 recorded in Taiwan

July 17: Taiwan records two new imported cases of COVID-19

July 17: Taiwan allows fifth extension of stay for foreign visitors

July 19: Taiwan records fourth imported COVID-19 case in four days

An elder woman purchases the government-issued spending vouchers at a post office. CNA photo July 18, 2020
An elder woman purchases the government-issued spending vouchers at a post office. CNA photo July 18, 2020

Economic stimulus measures:

July 18: Stimulus vouchers being scooped up in Taiwan

July 21: Over 2.1 million people in Taiwan win cultural vouchers

July 21: 1.35 million register for sports spending vouchers

Mobile app for the Ministry of Culture
Mobile app for the Ministry of Culture's spending vouchers. CNA file photo

July 22: Taiwan reaches 101 days with no new local COVID-19 cases

July 23: Cabinet presents additional NT$210 billion budget for COVID-19 relief

July 24: Three new imported COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan

July 24: Government to subsidize COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials: CECC

July 24: Taiwan extends suspension on all overseas tours until end of August

July 27: Four more imported COVID-19 cases confirmed in Taiwan: CECC

July 27: Thai national found to have COVID-19 after returning from Taiwan

July 27: Taiwan scrambles to trace possible domestic COVID-19 case contacts

July 28: Taiwan records five new imported COVID-19 cases

At Taipei Main Station hall. CNA photo Aug. 2, 2020
At Taipei Main Station hall. CNA photo Aug. 2, 2020

July 29: No need to test all arrivals in Taiwan for COVID-19: CECC

July 29: 2020 Yonex Taipei Open badminton tournament canceled

Aug. 1: Taiwan reports 7 new COVID-19 cases, one case still a mystery

Aug. 2: Taiwan sees new COVID-19 case while following-up on mystery case

Aug. 4: Taiwan records new COVID-19 case from the Philippines

Taipei Metro passengers. CNA photo Aug. 6, 2020
Taipei Metro passengers. CNA photo Aug. 6, 2020

Aug. 5: Japanese engineer diagnosed with COVID-19 after working in Taiwan

Aug. 5: Cities again mandate mask-wearing in indoor spaces as virus resurges

Aug. 6: Man tests positive for COVID-19 after contact with positive returnees

Aug. 6: Taiwan authorities tracing contacts of Taiwanese COVID-19 patient in HK

Worshipers in a temple burn incense to pray while wearing a face mask. CNA photo Aug. 9, 2020
Worshipers in a temple burn incense to pray while wearing a face mask. CNA photo Aug. 9, 2020

Aug. 7: Taiwan office in France confirms another COVID-19 case: MOFA

Aug. 7: U.S. lists Taiwan as very low-risk destination for COVID-19

Aug. 9: Positive cases found in mass local COVID-19 antibody test: experts

Aug. 9: Arrivals from Philippines to be collectively quarantined amid new case

Aug. 9: No community outbreak despite positive antibodies in Changhua: CECC

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar meets President Tsai Ing-wen on Aug. 10 during his visit to Taiwan.

Aug. 12: Taiwan reports new COVID-19 case, reclassifies Vietnam disease risk

Aug. 15: Taiwan sees new COVID-19 case imported from Philippines

Aug. 15: CECC seeking info on man diagnosed with COVID-19 after leaving Taiwan

Aug. 15: Taipei MRT introduces mask vending machines 

A woman purchases a face mask at a vending machine in a Taipei Metro station. CNA photo Aug. 15, 2020
A woman purchases a face mask at a vending machine in a Taipei Metro station. CNA photo Aug. 15, 2020

Aug. 16: Two new imported COVID-19 cases recorded in Taiwan

Aug. 18: Yunlin man breaks home quarantine, caught at local karaoke club

Aug. 18: Taiwan reports new COVID-19 case, updates status of Malaysian case

Aug. 19: CECC looking into 3 COVID-19 cases that Taiwan may have exported

Aug. 20: Adimmune gets green light to start human trials of COVID-19 vaccine

Passengers wear different personal protective equipment when waiting to board a flight to Shanghai at Taipei Songshan Airport. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2020
Passengers wear different personal protective equipment when waiting to board a flight to Shanghai at Taipei Songshan Airport. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2020

Aug. 22: Taiwan reports new imported case of COVID-19

Aug. 24: Shanghai reports imported COVID-19 case from Taiwan

Aug. 26: CECC to fine non-mask wearers if serious COVID-19 outbreak occurs

Aug. 27: Adimmune starts COVID-19 vaccine trial

A Chinese Valentine
A Chinese Valentine's Day firework display in Taipei. CNA photo Aug. 29, 2020

Aug. 29: Taiwan confirms new imported case of COVID-19

Sept. 2: Taiwan sees new imported COVID-19 case, reclassifies Myanmar risk

Sept. 5: Taiwan confirms two new imported COVID-19 cases

Sept. 6: Taiwanese businessman has COVID-19 after leaving Philippines

Sept. 8: Taiwanese tests positive for COVID-19 after returning from France

Sept. 9: Taiwan's envoy to share COVID-19 success at French Senate

Sept. 11: New Taipei company owner fined NT$1 million for quarantine violation

Sept. 11: Taiwan reports 2 imported cases of COVID-19 from the Philippines

Sept. 12: Taiwan disproves 'health or economy' COVID-19 argument: study

At Taipei
At Taipei's Songshan Airport. CNA photo Sept. 16, 2020

Sept: 16: Number of total comfirmed COVID-19 infactions in Taiwan hits 500 

Sept: 16: Six Filipinos test positive for COVID-19 after leaving Taiwan

Sept. 16: Taiwan businesses help Saint Lucia deal with COVID-19 fallout

Sept. 17: Taiwan reports three new imported cases of COVID-19

Sept. 19: Taiwan confirms 3 new imported cases of COVID-19

Sept. 20: One new imported COVID-19 case brings total in Taiwan to 507

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je takes part in the Taipei Masskara Festival parade. CNA photo Sept. 20, 2020
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je takes part in the Taipei Masskara Festival parade. CNA photo Sept. 20, 2020

Sept. 21: Two new imported COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan

Sept. 25: Taiwan reports new imported case of COVID-19

Sept. 28: Three new imported cases of COVID-19 reported in Taiwan

Sept. 30: Third Taiwanese COVID-19 vaccine candidate authorized for human trials

Sept. 30: French national tests COVID-19 positive after quarantine release

An ad calling for Taiwan
An ad calling for Taiwan's participation in the United States in seen at Times Square in New York. Photo courtesy of the "Keep Taiwan Free" expat group

Oct. 1: One new imported COVID-19 case reported in Taiwan

Oct. 2: Taiwan reports two new imported cases of COVID-19

Oct. 3: Cruise ship outbreak decisive in Taiwan COVID-19 policy: health minister

Oct. 5: Taiwan records one new imported case of COVID-19

Oct. 5: Free flu shots now available in Taiwan for high-risk groups

Oct. 6: Taiwan confirms three new imported cases of COVID-19

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (center) and CECC officials wear surgical masks printed with this year
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (center) and CECC officials wear surgical masks printed with this year's National Day logo. CNA photo Oct. 7, 2020

Oct. 7: Two new imported COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan

Oct. 7: CECC eases quarantine rules for people to attend funerals

Oct. 8: Taiwan reports one new imported case of COVID-19

Oct. 9: Three new imported COVID-19 cases recorded in Taiwan: CECC

A National Day celebration in Taipei. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2020
A National Day celebration in Taipei. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2020

Oct. 12: Two new imported COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan

Oct. 13: Taiwan confirms first imported COVID-19 case from China in 8 months

Oct. 14: 3 arrivals from Taiwan test positive for COVID-19 in Japan

Oct. 15: Taiwan reports one new imported case of COVID-19

Oct. 16: Taiwan records four new imported COVID-19 cases

Oct. 16: Travel agency opens gym to diversify business amid COVID-19

Former Vice President and epidemiologist Chen Chien-jen (right) receives an honorary doctorate from Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU). Photo courtesy of KMU Oct. 17, 2020
Former Vice President and epidemiologist Chen Chien-jen (right) receives an honorary doctorate from Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU). Photo courtesy of KMU Oct. 17, 2020

Oct. 19: Five new imported COVID-19 cases recorded in Taiwan

Oct. 19: Post-COVID-19 health care policy proposal submitted to president

Oct. 20: Taiwan records three new COVID-19 cases from Philippines

Oct. 21: Three Taiwanese test positive for COVID-19 in Japan

Oct. 22: Taiwan records 4 new imported COVID-19 cases

Oct. 23: Legislature passes new special budget for economic relief, stimulus

Oct. 27: Taiwan researchers develop multi-functional COVID-19 rapid test

Oct. 28: CECC reports 1 new COVID-19 case; 3 test positive after leaving

Oct. 29: Taiwan reports 3 COVID-19 cases, marks 200 days without local infection

Alternative servicemen take part in the pride parade in their uniforms. CNA photo Oct. 31, 2020
Alternative servicemen take part in the pride parade in their uniforms. CNA photo Oct. 31, 2020

Oct. 31: Taiwanese returning from India latest confirmed COVID-19 patient

Nov. 1: Taiwan reports 3 new imported COVID-19 cases

Nov. 1: Visitors to travel fair drop by 50 percent due to COVID-19

Nov. 2: Five foreign nationals test positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan

Nov. 2: Taiwan company to enroll Vietnamese nationals in COVID-19 vaccine trial

Nov. 3: Four students in Taiwan test positive for COVID-19

Nov. 4: Taiwanese woman back from Poland tests positive for COVID-19

Nov. 5: Taiwanese student tests positive for COVID-19 on return from Czech

Nov. 6: Taiwan records four new imported case of COVID-19

Nov. 7: Doctors recognized for contributions in fight against COVID-19

CNA photo Nov. 8, 2020
CNA photo Nov. 8, 2020

Nov. 8: Four new imported cases of COVID-19 recorded in Taiwan

Nov. 9: Taiwan records one new imported case of COVID-19

Nov. 10: Two Indonesian women test positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan

Nov. 10: Taiwan could buy Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine through COVAX: CECC

A Ministry of National Defense press conference on the establishment of the Armed Forces
A Ministry of National Defense press conference on the establishment of the Armed Forces' epidemic command center. CNA photo Nov. 10, 2020

Nov. 11: Taiwan approves first 'economic bubble' visit

Nov. 11: Yo-Yo Ma praises Taiwan's COVID-19 measures in live Taipei concert

Nov. 11: Taiwan reports four new imported cases of COVID-19

Nov. 11: CECC recruiting 20,000 volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine trials

Nov. 14: Taiwan's COVID-19 cases hit 600 with confirmation of 3 new ones

Passengers take a ride on Taichung
Passengers take a ride on Taichung's first MRT line when it began operations. CNA photo Nov. 16, 2020


Nov. 17: Man in Taiwan tests positive for COVID-19 for second time: CECC

Nov. 17: COVID-19 vaccine may become available in Taiwan by mid-2021: CECC

Nov. 18: Indonesian migrant workers face new quarantine rule

Nov. 18: Taiwan records two new imported cases of COVID-19, announces winter measures

For latest COVID-19 information: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control

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