The recent outbreak in Taiwan has resulted in a surge of local infections that broke several records in a row, attracting global media attention.
Photos of Taiwan’s empty streets have also caught the attention of foreign media, which are mostly amazed by how disciplined and cooperative the Taiwanese people are as the normally bustling streets of Taipei were instantly deserted without a lockdown order.
Malaysia’s online media China Press released a story on Monday titled, “Taipei’ streets went quiet as the virus ravages” and showed pictures posted by Taiwanese social media users sharing the empty streets as citizens practice self-lockdown.
The article described the scene as “a historical moment”, showing popular attractions including Shi-men Ting (西門町), Shi Lin Night Market (士林夜市) and even the MRT stations turning empty.
The paper quoted one of the Taiwanese social media users sharing the photos: “I used to be pushed around every time I shop at the Shi Lin Night Market, but now I can lie on the ground and not even a car will hit by”.
The newspaper pointed out that “Whether Taiwan can control the outbreak from expanding will have to depend on the self-disciplined Taiwanese people”.
Other news outlets including World of Buzz And Mothership.SG also reported on the same topic.
World of Buzz stressed that the empty-street photos were shared within the Malaysian online community with some comparing Taiwan’s situation with Malaysia and urging Malaysians to learn from the Taiwanese.