60 Overall Score


  • 76.5 Public Health
  • 33.8 Financial
  • 100 Fact-Based
  • 76.5 Public Health
  • 33.8 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.

Pre-COVID Conditions

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

Government Response

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(Data points represent policy level as of Aug 1.)

Public Health Directives

Taiwan scored relatively strongly, driven by its extremely effective contact tracing, which resulted in very low case numbers that allowed Taiwan to not need more stringent policies.

  • Stay at home order 1
  • Public gathering restrictions 2
  • School closings 0
  • Public event cancellations 0
  • Testing policy 0
  • Emergency healthcare investments/capita $23.51
  • Travel restrictions 2
  • Tests/1,000 people 0
  • Contact tracing 2

Financial Response

Taiwan had a limited financial response, with a small stimulus and limited income support and debt-forbearance policy; its financial support was minimal relative to fellow leaders in in the virus’ containment

  • Financial stimulus as share of GDP 5.5%
  • Income support 1
  • Debt forebearance 1

Fact-Based Communication

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 Aug 1

Taiwan has performed very well on its status of COVID-19 across all areas, 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 474
  • Cases per 100K 20
  • Percent of positive tests 1.1
Case Trend Line
Daily cases
Date Status New Cases/1M
1 Feb 25 Schools reopen 0.05

Differentiating Factors

  • 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
  • Centralized healthcare system key to strong contact tracing: Taiwan's healthcare system is centralized and well-coordinated, which has supported its success in containing the virus. Big data analytics of infection hotspots, proactive testing, and comprehensive contact tracing have all been facilitated by the country's robust healthcare system and experience responding to the SARS crisis. Read More
  • High trust in government helped early on: A poll conducted by YouGov in May found that 80 percent of respondents had a high level of trust in the government and health authorities. This has been key, particularly in the early days of the pandemic. Read More
Compared with Other Island Nations
  • 72
    Indonesia 108,376
    Per 1M

    Indonesia scores near the median, with its poor financial policy bringing its score down.

  • 90
    Japan 34,372
    Per 1M

    Japan has a very strong overall score, driven by its generous financial response and a reliance on facts, although its public health policy is slightly below the median.

  • 100
    New Zealand 1,212
    Per 1M

    New Zealand has had very strong policy, particularly its reliance on science and facts, and its very strong financial response.

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Statistics and government response factors available on each country profile include:

Pre-COVID Conditions:

  • 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
  • Debt-forbearance

Public Communications:

  • 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