インターン出身国における新型コロナの状況 ~台湾編~


C. Ishihara




It has been four months since the outbreak of the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Flights were widely cancelled, my university in Japan has announced the postponing of the semester, I could not go back to Japan as I did last year. Therefore, I am here in Taiwan, waiting for the update of the latest policy.


Country policy 国の政策

The Taiwanese government has already taken the problem seriously at the very beginning of 2020, based on the experience of the outbreak of SARS in 2003. In 2003, the epidemic of SARS suddenly exploded in several Asian countries, including Taiwan. At the moment, no one knew how to cope with the pandemic, and made a series of wrong decisions, resulted in losing people’s lives.

This time, due to the previous experience of SARS, the Taiwanese government took the problem seriously and carefully as soon as they found out the data released from China.

A commend center was formed in January, taking the responsibility of the whole disease control. The commend center updates every single confirmed case every day. So far, there are about 400 confirmed cases in total, most of them are infected outside of the country. The control of the pandemic within the country is almost wonderful. Recently, the government started to ask everyone to keep a one-meter social distance in order to reduce the probability of infection.



1月には、中央流行疫情指揮センター(Central Epidemic Command Center)を発足させ、渡航者に対するスクリーニングを開始するなど、広範での検査や接触者の詳細な追跡を実施しました。センターでは毎日症例を更新しています。現在までに確認された感染者は合計で約400人。そのほとんどが国外からの感染者です。国内でのパンデミックのコントロールは素晴らしいものだったと言えます。最近、政府は感染確率を下げるために、人同士の社会的な距離を1メートルに保つように、国民に求めています。

We were told to keep our hands clean at the very beginning, so I have been carrying this kind of hand sanitizer all the time and use it if I couldn’t wash my hand with water and soap.


Policy on the self-quarantine 自国民に関する政策 

So far, all people without Taiwan nationality are forbidden to enter the country. Whoever enter the country should take a 14-day self-quarantine in your home or a designated location. People who are under the quarantine should not go out at all for 14 days, the government will provide about 50k yen for your daily expense and the village chief will take care of your needs (food supply, emergency…etc.). The restriction has to be strictly obeyed. Once you were caught of going out (even just to the convenient store next to your house), there will be a penalty up to 3.5 million yen.


Policy on the distribution of masks マスクの配布についての方針

The need of medical mask is urgent for everyone under the current condition. The government has managed the situation as well. Everyone who has a national health insurance card can receive 9 masks from the government every 2 weeks for 130 yen.


The masks I received from government


Working environment & School 職場環境・学校

So far, the working-from-home policy in Taiwan is still not officially applied. Most of the companies are still operating, as usual, officers still go to the office. Personally, I haven’t heard anyone who is working from their home for now. However, more and more workers are under unpaid-leave conditions, especially for people who work in the service industry. The government is now deciding to support these workers by distributing cash or shopping vouchers.

So far, the schools are still holding face-to-face lectures. However, many schools have been preparing for the remote system. Some are even having online lectures for rehearsal. Also, many universities are now having a strict control of people entering the campus. Many of them allow only school students and faculty to enter the campus, by remaining one gate open and checking the student or faculty ID of people who entered.

If there are over 2 confirmed cases in one school, the school should refrain the student from entering the campus. National Taiwan Normal University was the first university forced to stop having face-to-face lectures because 2 students were confirmed infected.





Stores 店舗情報

In Taipei (the capital), almost every store is still open, but having a body temperature check becomes compulsory for those stores. Also, many stores are asking their customer to wear a mask, otherwise, they can’t enter the store.


Public transportation and medical agency 公共交通機関・医療機関

Every public transportation (except for bus) is asking passengers to wear masks and placing body temperature detector in front of the gates. If your body temperature is higher than 37°C, you are not allowed to enter the gate. Also, eating and drinking are no longer allowed in train and shinkansen, in order to avoid contact with other people.


The hospitals are also taking high management of the patients. When entering a hospital, you have to show your health insurance card and let them know about your travel history. No patient without wearing masks are allowed to enter the hospital. The medical resource is still enough for the current situation since there is no outbreak within the country.



 Conclusion  まとめ

I think the government undoubtedly did a nice job on the outbreak, as well as the cooperation of the citizens. Even we were not a member of WHO, we received approval from countries all over the world. I think the key to success was to face the problem as soon as possible and at least protect yourself from the uncertain situation. Like Korea, which also had an explosive outbreak in the beginning, but successfully controlled the spread of the virus after facing the situation by screening the potential infection thoroughly.

Lastly, I hope the pandemic could gradually slow down in the near future, and everyone in Japan can be safe and healthy when we meet next time!