CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19-related clip tops YouTube's 2020 most-viewed chart in Taiwan

12/03/2020 10:28 PM
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A COVID-19 prevention video released by Taiwan
A COVID-19 prevention video released by Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control has received more than 4.61 million views since its release in April. Photo taken from CDC YouTube page

Taipei, Dec. 3 (CNA) A COVID-19 prevention video released by Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control is the most-viewed YouTube video in the "popular clip" category of the year in Taiwan, according to information released by the online video-sharing platform on Thursday.

Titled "Guidelines for Seeking Medical Care During Home Quarantine," the one-minute video has received more than 4.61 million views since its release on April, 6 and became the first ever government-produced clip to feature as one of YouTube's most-watched videos in Taiwan, according to a statement released by the platform.

Commenting on the rankings, the platform noted that YouTube has become a key source for Taiwanese to learn about COVID-19 prevention measures, complementing more traditional media such as radio and broadcast television.

YouTube has also served as one of the main platforms for Taiwan's government to get its message across, according to the statement.

A clip by YouTuber Tsai A-Ga (蔡阿嘎) describing how he and his wife were allegedly assaulted by a stranger in Taipei is the second most-viewed YouTube video in Taiwan.

Videos of a cheerleader almost falling off a stage while dancing at a baseball game, and a woman saying goodbye to her dying cat were also among the top 10 most-viewed videos, YouTube added.

A woman says goodbye to her dying cat

In terms of music videos, YouTube said Hong Kong pop singer G.E.M.'s song "Long After" from the Taiwanese film "Do You Love Me As I Love You" topped the list, followed by the music video for singer Jacky Wu's song "My Dearest Alien" and singer-songwriter Crowd Lu's track "Your Name Engraved Herein" from the film of the same name.

G.E.M.'s song "Long After"

YouTube said the popularity of tracks from Taiwanese movies has visibly increased because Taiwan was able to keep COVID-19 under control and its film industry has weathered the impact of the pandemic, while most movie studios abroad have postponed film releases amid a widespread shutdown of cinemas.

As of Thursday, Taiwan has recorded 686 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while the disease has infected over 64.5 million people in 191 countries and regions, according to the nation's Central Epidemic Command Center.

(By Wu Chia-hao and Chung Yu-chen)

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