Taiwan has 10 million masks a day, widespread tracking, and just 1 death despite being close to the outbreak.
- 82.2 Public Health
- 66.9 Financial
- 100 Fact-Based
Taiwan has a relatively strong policy score, but its minimal stimulus and weak debt relief bring it down. However, the data does not accurately measure its advanced contact tracing, which may have diminished the need for more restrictions; this likely results in a score that underestimates Taiwan’s response.
Taiwan scored well in pre-pandemic subcategories, but a lack of available data obscures the picture.
- Debt/GDP ratio 35.1%
- GDP/capita $57,214
- Gini coefficient (out of 100) NO DATA
- Infant mortality rate (out of 1,000 live births) NO DATA
- Healthcare access score (out of 100) 77.6
- Hospital beds/1,000 People NO DATA
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(Data points represent policy level as of Jan 1.)
Public Health Directives
Taiwan has a very strong public health policy score, driven by its extremely effective contact tracing—demonstrated by a consistently low case rate—which resulted in very low case numbers that allowed Taiwan to not need more stringent policies.
- Stay at home order 0
- Public gathering restrictions 0
- School closings 0
- Public event cancellations 0
- Testing policy 0
- Emergency healthcare investments/capita $23.55
- Travel restrictions 3
- Tests/1,000 people 5.3
- Contact tracing 2
Taiwan had a relatively strong financial response relative to its low number of cases
- Financial stimulus as share of GDP 5.5%
- Income support 1
- Debt forebearance 1
Taiwan’s government is very strong in this category, as it has not engaged in misinformation or limited press freedom in response to COVID-19.
- Reliance on science/fact based information 0
- Press freedom 0
COVID-19 Status as of Jan 1
Taiwan has performed very strongly across all subcategories, with both a low death and case rate and a low positivity rate, likely boosted by its strong pre-pandemic capacity, and successful, tech-enabled response.
- Total deaths 7
- Death rate per 100K 0.3
- Total cases 802
- Cases per 100K 34
- Percent of positive tests 0.6
- Change in positivity rates +0.3
|1||Feb 25||Schools reopen||0.05|
|2||Mar 19||Foreign nationals forbidden from entering country||0.35|
|3||Dec 01||All those traveling to or through Taiwan must have negative COVID-19 test 3 days before travel, masks mandated in more placed (temples, art galleries, bars)||0.37|
- Taiwan's cases much higher than official tally: A study by the Taipei Veteran's Hospital estimates that Taiwan's COVID-19 case numbers in the summer were 25 times the official tally, in a conclusion being questioned by the Central Epidemic Command Center. Read More
- Migrant worker fined for eight-second quarantine violation: A migrant worker from the Philippines quarantining in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, was fined $3,500 after stepping outside his hotel room into the corridor for just eight seconds. Read More
- Migrant workers banned, but entrepreneurs welcomed: Taiwan extended a ban on Indonesian migrant workers coming to the island in mid-December, despite approving double the number of entrepreneurship residency permits, compared to 2019. The Health Minister told the press that Indonesian workers represent a threat to the island due to high positivity rates. Read More
- Skilled expats flock to Taiwan's almost coronavirus-free life: With no lockdown, no economic slowdown, and very few cases of COVID-19, the number of residency permits to Taiwan have doubled this past year. Read More
- Government counters false claims targeting Vietnamese communities The Taiwanese government dismissed several social media posts about a lockdown of cities due to outbreaks in the Vietnamese communities, quelling anxieties and fears from Vietnamese in Taiwan. Read More
- Taiwan's UN bid focuses on COVID-19 successes: Taiwan's campaign to rejoin the UN in 2020 will highlight its leadership in fighting COVID-19 and its commitment to multilateralism, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which plans to hold events alongside the UNGA in September. Read More
- Government-run facemask production limited shortages: The Taiwanese government took control of face mask production and distribution in January, upping the country's daily production of masks to 10 million, and ensuring that every citizen could buy masks by initially rationing their distribution. Read More
Compared with Other Island Nations
Per 1M 22,329
Indonesia scores relatively weakly, a big drop in the past few months, keyed by substantial weakening of travel restrictions, testing policy, and debt relief.
Per 1M 3,342
Japan has a strong overall score, driven by its generous financial response and a reliance on facts, although its public health policy is very weak.
88.5New Zealand 2,162
Per 1M 25
New Zealand has had very strong policy, particularly with regard to its reliance on science and facts and its relatively strong financial response.
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Statistics and government response factors available on each country profile include:
- Debt to GDP ratio
- Infant mortality rates
- Hospital beds per 1,000 people
- Gini coefficients measuring inequality
- Health access and quality
COVID-19 Public Health Directives:
- Stay-at home orders
- School-closing policy
- Public-gathering restrictions
- Cancellation of public events
- Testing policy and rates per 1,000 people
- Emergency healthcare spending per capita
- Travel restrictions
- Contact tracing
COVID-19 Financial Response:
- Stimulus package as a share of GDP
- Income support
- Instances of misinformation by leadership
- Limitations on press freedom, censorship
Current/Historic In-Country COVID-19 Status:
- Death rates per 1 million
- Case rates per 1 million