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  • Has China done a good job

  • fighting the coronavirus?

  • Theyve gotten a lot of praise.

  • But Taiwan does it differently.

  • Welcome back to China Uncensored.

  • I’m Chris Chappell.

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  • So the Chinese Communist Party has taken

  • some pretty heavy handed measures

  • to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

  • Like putting an entire province of 58 million people under lockdown...

  • Restricting the movements of more than half the country

  • and forcing people who might be sick

  • into quarantine centers against their will.

  • The World Health Organization has praised how China

  • has handled the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Almost all member states are praising China for what they did.

  • China took action massively at the epicenter,

  • at the source of the outbreak.”

  • And even some Western media have been praising the China model.

  • *This* article suggests thatdrastic measures

  • similar to those deployed by China and imposed in parts of Italy

  • to contain the epidemic are now overdue elsewhere.”

  • Yeah, I can’t wait to see this in America.

  • And Chinese state-run media haven’t just been praising

  • their own authoritarian system.

  • Theyve also been highlighting criticism of the United States

  • and other democracies for their coronavirus response.

  • Which of course shows just how superior

  • China’s authoritarian response to the coronavirus has been.

  • As long as you ignore the part where

  • they let it spread uncontrolled for weeks

  • and detained people for talking about it.

  • But democratic Taiwan has taken a very different

  • approach to the coronavirus than mainland China.

  • And it’s kept the number infections and deaths shockingly low.

  • Based on the numbers,

  • Taiwan should have been hit really hard by the coronavirus.

  • In mainland China, there have officially been 80,000 infections.

  • The true figure is probably at least a few hundred thousand,

  • because there aren’t enough healthcare workers or test kits

  • to test all the people who are at risk.

  • Not to mention the fact that the Chinese Communist Party

  • has a keen interest in keeping the official count low.

  • Taiwan’s population is one sixtieth of China’s.

  • Based on that,

  • you might expect Taiwan to have at least a thousand cases.

  • But it only has 47.

  • That’s really few

  • especially given that millions of people travel

  • between China and Taiwan each year...

  • and especially given that the World Health Organization

  • has excluded Taiwan from participating in W.H.O. programs,

  • because of pressure from China.

  • So why are there so few cases in Taiwan?

  • Especially when there are so many cases

  • in South Korea, Italy, and Iran?

  • It’s because Taiwan’s response to the coronavirus

  • has been diligent, open, and transparent.

  • It’s no secret what Taiwan’s leadership

  • thinks about the Chinese Communist Party.

  • President Tsai says Beijing is the biggest threat

  • to Taiwan’s free and democratic way of life.”

  • And it turns out,

  • Taiwan recognizing Beijing’s threat on all levels

  • has been a very wise perspective for handling the coronavirus.

  • As of what we know now,

  • the first coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan,

  • China started some time around early December last year.

  • But the Chinese officials covered it up until January 20.

  • That’s when Chinese leader Xi Jinping

  • first publicly admitted that the new coronavirus was a thing,

  • and that officials should makeresolute effortsto curb the virus.

  • But a full three weeks before that

  • while Xi Jinping was giving his New Year propaganda speech

  • and most people in China had no idea about the coronavirus...

  • ...Taiwan’s leadership was already on the ball.

  • On December 31, 2019, when the World Health Organization

  • was notified of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, China,

  • Taiwanese officials began to board planes and assess passengers

  • on direct flights from Wuhan

  • for fever and pneumonia symptoms

  • before passengers could deplane.”

  • Then, “As early as January 5, 2020,

  • notification was expanded to include any individual

  • who had traveled to Wuhan in the past 14 days

  • and had a fever or symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection.”

  • And soon, the Taiwan government began

  • a highly effective campaign to educate the public.

  • Taiwan’s Minister of Health

  • has given numerous matter-of-fact speeches

  • about the risks of the coronavirus,

  • and how people can protect themselves.

  • President Tsai Ing-wen made this video about

  • how pharmacies are rationing surgical masks.

  • Taiwan is using a mask rationing system

  • to stop people from hoarding and price gouging masks.

  • At the same time, Taiwan has also

  • dramatically increased their mask manufacturing.

  • And President Tsai demonstrated social distancing,

  • by using a traditional greeting instead of a handshake.

  • Much better than the social distancing

  • most of us experienced in high school.

  • Not me of course.

  • And most importantly,

  • Taiwan’s government at all levels has pushed

  • the most important message over and over again:

  • Wash your handsyour filthy, filthy hands.

  • And because it’s Taiwan,

  • a lot of the messaging involves cuddly mascots.

  • Like this shiba inu.

  • Who tells you to wash your dirty paws.

  • Cover your snout when sneezing

  • and keep a positive attitude while doing epidemic prevention.

  • How can you say no to that face?

  • That’s so much better than Corona-Chan.

  • But I wouldn’t want you to think that Taiwan’s disease prevention

  • relies entirely on shiba inus.

  • Theyre also using robots.

  • One elementary school in Taiwan built these LEGO robots

  • to dispense disinfectant.

  • Washing hands is super!”

  • Side note, when youre washing your hands with soap,

  • you should scrub them for a full 20 seconds.

  • That’s how long it takes to singHappy Birthdaytwice.

  • You don’t have to sing it out loud.

  • Or you could recite the Litany Against Fear from Dune.

  • That works too.

  • One reason Taiwan has done such a good job fighting the coronavirus

  • is because of their experience with the SARS epidemic in 2003,

  • where more than 400 people in Taiwan were infected.

  • Less than a year later,

  • Taiwan established the National Health Command Center, or NHCC.

  • The NHCC is meant to serve as

  • a disaster management center command point,

  • coordinating and advising authorities

  • at a regional and central level,

  • so that in the case of a new outbreak,

  • no time and resources are wasted.”

  • The NHCC used technology to merge the databases

  • for Taiwan’s national health insurance system

  • and its travel entry system.

  • Persons with low risk were sent a health declaration border pass

  • via SMS to their phones for faster immigration clearance;

  • those with higher risk were quarantined at home

  • and tracked through their mobile phone

  • to ensure that they remained at home during the incubation period.”

  • So instead of forcibly quarantining 58 million people,

  • Taiwan only quarantined the small number of individuals

  • who actually posed a risk to others.

  • Yeah, that’s much better than this.

  • Taiwan has also fared a lot better than some of the countries

  • that have joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

  • South Korea, Italy, and Iran all have serious outbreaks right now.

  • And their governments all have strong ties

  • to the Chinese Communist Party.

  • Coincidence?

  • Maybe, maybe not.

  • Consider this: China’s official position

  • is that travel restrictions are anoverreaction.”

  • And China has criticized the West for spreading

  • negative, twisted falsehoodsabout the coronavirus.

  • I’ll bet certain governments felt political pressure

  • to not to take massive action back in January,

  • when the coronavirus could have been more easily stopped.

  • For example, Italy joined China’s Belt and Road last year.

  • That may be why they hesitated to impose a travel ban

  • on visitors from mainland China.

  • Of course, the coronavirus has now spread

  • to more than 9,000 people in Italy,

  • and the entire country is on lockdown.

  • South Korea and Iran also didn’t issue travel restrictions

  • or do big public health campaigns early on,

  • perhaps to avoid upsetting Beijing.

  • On the other hand,

  • Taiwan started taking action a full three weeks

  • before the Chinese Communist Party

  • even admitted there was an outbreak.

  • They ignored the pressure, and they did it right.

  • The lesson?

  • Good things come to those

  • who don’t trust the Chinese Communist Party.

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