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

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

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