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Taiwan’s Covid-19 and other successes are due to the ‘collective intelligence’ of its government and people: minister

Rina Chandran

Taiwan’s widely praised handling of the coronavirus was largely due to collective intelligence and transparency, besides masks and handwashing, according to its digital minister, Audrey Tang.

The island of 24 million people has recorded about 620 Covid-19 cases and seven deaths, and never went into a full lockdown, instead using technology, contact tracing and 14-day quarantines for arrivals to limit the outbreak.

From the outset, when posts about a mysterious pneumonia in Wuhan, China, were circulated on a Taiwan online forum to a mobile app built by a citizen to map availability of face masks, authorities worked with the community on solutions, Tang said...

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