The Ocean Affairs Council under the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) recently posted to Facebook a drawing of Taiwan’s “BTS” — “Be The Stand By” — standing for the seven administrations who are fighting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Along with the image, a representative of the Ocean Affairs Council stressed how Taiwan has successfully slowed and prevented the spread of the virus, even surpassing global standards on virus prevention.
The post has drawn more than 20,000 likes and 3,535 shares on Facebook as of press time.
Like its K-pop counterpart, Taiwan’s BTS has seven members — the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, the National Immigration Agency, the National Police Agency, the CGA, Taiwan’s medical professionals, Customs Administration and the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
“We are BTS from Taiwan. Although we aren’t as handsome as our idols, or sing and dance as well as BTS from Korea, we have more confidence than anyone in protecting Taiwan amid the virus outbreak,” CGA said.
As the epidemic unfolded, the international considered that Taiwan would be the second hardest-hit country. Two months later, however, it turned out that Taiwan’s epidemic response and prevention have surpassed the international standards with less confirmed cases than countries in other developed countries, according to the post.
Why? CGA said, as soon as mainland China confirmed its first cases, Taiwan put its efforts into various aspects — border control, regulation on protective gear, virus prevention campaign, tracking of nationals who are at high risk of infection, fight against misinformation.
The post concluded that Taiwan’s BTS is determined to do all they can to protect their beloved ones no matter how hard it is. “Please root for Taiwan’s BTS!” it reads.