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  • Hi guys! Welcome back on my channel. I am Charlotte

  • and I am super happy you are joining me again today for a new episode ofTaiwan in the global news”.

  • The article I want to talk about today, is one that was published on the 28th of April in a newspaper calledDe Standaard”.

  • It is a famous newspaper here in Belgium and my family has a subscription to it, so we get it almost every day.

  • And the articleIt is a little bit funny

  • The title does not sound like it is related to Taiwan.

  • The title is: “New Zealand defeats the virus”, but if you look at the article more closely, Taiwan is mentioned many times.

  • There is a little box here. I do not know if you can see that. Where there is a subtitle that says:

  • What Belgium failed to learn from Taiwan”.

  • I am going to be translating a part of the article for you. It is a very long article,

  • so I'll just leave out the parts that are not about Taiwan and I'll focus a little bit more on the interesting parts.

  • I hope you enjoy!

  • What Belgium failed to learn from Taiwan

  • Okay! Are you ready and comfortable?

  • Let us go ahead and read this.

  • New Zealand defeats the virus. New Zealand learned from Taiwan,

  • and found the perfect balance between science, strictness and didactic talent to handle the Corona crisis.

  • According to New Zealand's epidemiologists, the Coronavirus has a reproduction of less than 0.5 in their country.

  • One infected person transmits the virus to less than half another person.

  • This means that the disease is not transferred in the community.

  • Only one New-Zealander remains under intensive care and there are 270 known infected.

  • This made the country lower their emergency level from 4 to 3."

  • Now comes the part where they tell us what New Zealand learned from Taiwan and what Belgium failed to learn.

  • So, first of all, in New Zealand, all the returning citizens are being placed in a 14-day-long quarantine in a hotel.

  • I think that in Taiwan they do not put people in hotels, but in a house quarantine.

  • They have some apps to see if people are really staying at home.

  • The second point is: "As early as the 21st of March, there was a clear and transparent lockdown plan with 4 different phases."

  • Here in Belgium we also have a lockdown, but I do not think everything was completely transparent.

  • I think the government was scared to create panic, so they were very slow to release all of the information.

  • Many things were unclear. First, they told us: “Don't use masks because masks are completely useless.”

  • Give all your masks to the medical health staff because they really need it.”

  • I know that when some people who were using a mask when they were going to the hospital or doctor,

  • The hospital staff were angry: “You should not be using masks; they should only be for medical staff”.

  • They were telling people that it was completely useless to use the masks.

  • But later, when we had enough masks (before that we had a shortage),

  • After the masks started arriving and we had enough, suddenly they changed their words

  • They were saying: “Everybody should use a mask! It is very useful to stop this pandemic.”

  • You should all buy masks and it might become mandatory in some places.”

  • I think it is unclear. The government is changing their opinion all the time.

  • I guess they are learning along the way. Sometimes I think they are not transparent. (in my opinion)

  • The third point is: “Contact tracers with high quality tests are set in place before the end of the lockdown”.

  • That is something I saw that Taiwan was doing really wellWhen someone is in a house quarantine,

  • They are being monitored with an app on their phones. Somebody can always check on them.

  • Their temperature, they can check if they are at home, … It is very well monitored.

  • Here in Belgium, the first time the government mentioned an app like that, everybody started freaking out!

  • What about my privacy?? You cannot do that! That is sensitive information!”

  • We definitely did not handle it the same way as Taiwan and New Zealand.

  • The article also states that New Zealand might have a few advantages that we do not have in Belgium.

  • The density of their cities is much lower than in Belgium, meaning that we have more people living closer to one another.

  • They have only 5 million people. In Belgium we are 11 million maybe? Half of those people (in New Zealand) are under the age of 38.

  • I guess they have a young population.

  • Another point that I saw somewhere in the article was that New Zealand might have an advantage

  • Because they are an island. Later in the article they said that maybe this is not true. This is not an advantage

  • Because we also closed our borders. People are not coming in. New Zealand and Taiwan also have products coming into the country

  • It should not make a huge difference when it comes toislandornot an islandif our country is closing the borders anyway.

  • I think I mentioned the most important parts of the article. At least the parts related to Taiwan.

  • Sorry I am looking red today. It is very hot and I do not know why I decided to wear a sweater.

  • I am also drinking hot tea. That is not helping

  • Anyway, when we look at this article, and when we see that New Zealand copied Taiwan's strategy

  • We already know that Taiwan had a lot of success with handling the Corona crisis,

  • Now New Zealand also is successful by copying Taiwan, it really makes you wonder

  • What if Taiwan had been able to share their information with the World Health Organization (WHO)?

  • Wouldn't it have meant that many deaths could have been prevented if other countries had this successful strategy?

  • I do not know what to think about it. Of course, politics are verydelicate

  • but I think it is CRAZY that such important information was stopped from being brought into the World Health Organization (WHO)

  • just because of some political games that are being played.

  • I wonder, what is your opinion on the matter? I am going to read some of your comments on the previous video.

  • The first comment I see here is: “Thank you for sharing Miss Charlotte. I also hope that the world can resume normal life as soon as possible.”

  • “I wish you health and happiness.” Thank you so much! I wish the same to you ~

  • By the way, I have noticed you, commenting on most on my videos! Thank you so much ^^

  • Calvin Wang writes: “Minister Maggie De Block can learn from Taiwan. Taiwan is a model.”

  • First of all: are you Belgian?? How do you know our minister of health Maggie De Block? That is impressive!

  • Maggie De Block is under a lot of pressure right now because of her position as Minister of Health. Things are not going well in our country.

  • She is the first person in line who is targeted by all the angry people.

  • I think she probably did the best she could. I think anyone who would have been in her position right now would have been under pressure.

  • Of course, I wish Belgium could have learned from Taiwan earlier.

  • Someone writes: “Today is Labour Holiday here, it's really nice to hear your translation for Taiwan news on Belgian TV. Stay together stronger!”

  • Terry Roe writes: “I have lived in Taiwan since 2004, I love Taiwan.”

  • Wow! That's a long time. That's a big part of your life that you lived in TaiwanWow

  • I'm jealous. You must be living a happy life there!

  • That was it for today's episode of Taiwan in the international news.

  • I hope you enjoyed and thank you for staying until the end! That's uncommon, so you are one of my channel's elites.

  • Thank you so much and don't forget to like and subscribe. See you soon in the next video.

  • Bye ~

Hi guys! Welcome back on my channel. I am Charlotte

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