Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang described China’s Covid lockdowns as “cruel”. He said the island won’t follow suit.

Su visited Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control on Sunday, May 1. During the visit, Su said that the world has praised their pandemic control containment measures.
Su said, in his words, “We will not lock down the country and cities as cruelly as China.”

According to Reuters, Su made the remarks as China has been imposing draconian lockdowns on its financial hub Shanghai. The capital Beijing also tightened pandemic control measures following their zero-Covid policy.

Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan said last month that they would send anyone infected with Covid-19 and their close contacts to quarantine centers.

BBC reported that nearly 10,000 people over 80 in Shanghai have been forcibly taken to state-run quarantine centers since the first flare-up in early March.

Meanwhile, in Taiwan, the pandemic, driven by the Omicron variant, has infected some 75,000 people so far this year.

However, more than 99% of Covid cases have mild or no symptoms. And with a high vaccination rate, Taiwanese government has moved to ease their restrictions and gradually reopen the island to the world.

Premier Su Tseng-chang said that their methods are quote & quote, “gradual”.
He said that Taiwan has a plan, and there is a rhythm to it.

Last week, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office claimed that the island’s new way of addressing the epidemic would lead to many deaths.

But as reported by Reuters, life in Taiwan has continued mostly as normal, though there has been disruption to some schools.

The Taiwanese government is eyeing further easing of quarantine rules.

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