As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to surge worldwide, many countries are looking to Taiwan for tips on lowering transmission rates within the community.
Against this backdrop, Rifat, a Turkish YouTuber living in Taiwan, was recently interviewed by renowned Turkish journalist Cuneyt Ozdemir and asked how Taiwan succeeded in lowering its number of confirmed cases domestically.
Rifat pointed out that Taiwan’s initial response to news about a possible Wuhan-based virus led local authorities to vet all passengers from Wuhan and enforce a temporary ban on all flights from the area.
In addition, authorities used their experience from the 2003 SARS epidemic and used the Internet and social media platforms to keep citizens up-to-date, which further helped to prevent the spread of the virus.
During the interview, Ozdemir praised Taiwan for avoiding drastic measures and strictly enforcing regulations like lockdown measures to contain the virus.
Near the end of the interview, one of Ozdemir’s viewers questioned whether nightclubs are still open in Taiwan, with which Rifat responded that sadly, after one of the infections was traced back to a nightclub, some were temporarily shut to ensure the public’s health.