Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong: What we can learn from the countries who have ‘flattened the curve’.
But following the SARS crisis, Taiwan introduced the National Health Command Centre in 2004 to deal with epidemics and pandemics exactly like this.
In late December and early January, immediately upon hearing of an outbreak of a pneumonia-like illness in Wuhan (where coronavirus originated), Taiwan was one of the first countries to introduce inspection measures for all flights arriving from Wuhan. They assessed passengers for symptoms, and ensured any person with any signs was placed in quarantine.
Ultimately, they implemented a list of 124 action items, from school policies, to proactively seeking out cases, to public education.
Health authorities ensured people who had recently experienced respiratory symptoms but had tested negative for influenza were retested for COVID-19.
From the start, their response to the crisis has been characterised as aggressive. It has worked, just as it has for Singapore and Hong Kong on a similar scale.