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With learnings from SARS, Taiwan wrote the most successful Covid-19 story

While cities from New York to London to Melbourne went into shutdown, the entirety of Taiwan stayed open for business


To put it bluntly, life in Taiwan this year has been ridiculously normal. (Bloomberg)

Tim Culpan | Bloomberg Opinion
I was at Hong Kong international airport the morning the U.S. reported its first case of the virus out of Wuhan, China. News had already been circulating about this deadly new illness in Taiwan, my point of departure, and I spent that layover rushing around looking for the provisions needed to minimize the risk on my flight to New York.

Masks were out of stock but I eventually found a small bottle of sanitizer with a cartoon Shiba Inu dog on the label, an irony I’d later appreciate. At the airline lounge, staff were dismissive of my suggestion that hand

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First Published: Dec 24 2020 | 10:14 AM IST

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