As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread at alarming speed in the United States, businesses, sporting events and everyday life become increasingly affected as lockdowns become the new norm.
To this, Taiwan has become a sanctuary for sports-starved US fans as the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL, 中華職棒) continues to hold baseball games, even allowing fans to attend, leading to US Twitter users to express their envy and admiration towards Taiwan.
The United States has reported another record increase of COVID-19 infections on Monday , with more than 66,500 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours. Among the newly confirmed cases, Florida accounted for 15,299 of them, becoming the highest number of new cases in a single day by any state since the pandemic began.
The Chinatrust Brothers played against the Fubon Guardians at the Taichung Inter-continental Baseball Stadium (台中洲際球場) on Saturday, attracting 10,591 fans. Chinatrust batter Chiang Kun-yu (江坤宇) hit a grand slam during the fourth inning, ultimately leading the ChinaTrust Brothers to win 17 to nil.
Wonderful scenes from TODAY in Taiwan… 😍pic.twitter.com/znCCsmLZJA
— Baseball Brit (@BaseballBrit) July 11, 2020
The ball game recap posted by the CPBL has since garnered 8.4k likes and 2.4K retweets on Twitter. US fans also took to the comment sections to commend Taiwan on successfully containing the virus with only 451 confirmed cases and 7 deaths as of Monday.
Some also pointed out that though Taiwan’s population is larger than that of Florida, Taiwan’s confirmed cases are drastically lower. Many attributed this fact to Taiwan’s fast reaction and competent government which ensured that public events can continue just 6 months after the outbreak first began.
They are playing baseball in Taiwan because they have a competent government. https://t.co/E9xRAHzn9z
— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) July 12, 2020
Among the comments, one netizen sarcastically wrote, “I had forgotten what ‘fans’ look like, can’t wait till USA gets that in 2030.” Another told fellow baseball-lovers to catch the games on ElevenSportsTW, while others lamented the situation in the US, commenting, “This is what a country that took the coronavirus seriously looks like.”