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Apr 14, 2020

Belize Learning from Taiwan’s COVID-19 Best Practices

Marvin Manzanero

One country that has been hailed to have successfully contained the virus is Taiwan.  Today, Taiwan reported no new cases of the COVID-19 for the first time in thirty-six days.  According to media reports, Taiwan has reported only three hundred and ninety-three infections in total, with most of the cases being imported, and only six deaths. Taiwan’s success is hailed largely in part to early action on testing, tracing, and risk analysis using big data analytics and isolating cases. According to Doctor Manzanero, Belize is learning from Taiwan’s best practices in management of COVID-19. He explains.

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“We have actually had two experience sharing activities with Taiwan and there is going to be one at seven p.m. tonight where three of our doctors are going to be participating to look at best practices. We are aware of what Taiwan has been doing and their quarantine measures have been strictly enforced. I have been reading some of it before I came on as well. Two of the items that they clearly articulated is the use of people’s mobile devices to keep a tracking of those who are supposed to be under quarantine and some people were given an electronic device so that if you break that there is a heavy legal penalty if people break the quarantine measure; other than the social distancing and the close follow up of those potential suspect cases, so that seems to be their situation.”


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