Taiwan integrates national heath and immigration and customs databases to control virus spread


Taiwan, linked by direct flights to Wuhan, moved to contain the virus as soon as reports of the Wuhan outbreak emerged. At the end of January, it suspended flights from China, and integrated its national health database with its immigration and customs information in order to trace potential cases. This enabled the country to send text messages to every phone on the island listing every restaurant, tourist site, and destination passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship visited during shore leave. As of March 17, Taiwan had recorded 77 confirmed cases and no deaths, and students were back in schools. 

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/world/asia/coronavirus-singapore-hong-kong-taiwan.html

Writer: Hannah Beech
Publication: New York Times