Leader Taiwan Su Tseng-chang said not to follow the rules Covid-19 applied China to reduce the spread of the corona virus. He said China’s lockdown system was cruel.
“We will not lock down countries and cities as cruel as China,” Su Tseng-chang said as quoted by Reuters on Sunday (1/5).
“We have a plan, and there is a rhythm to it,” he said, adding that Taiwan was implementing a phased method.
After controlling the pandemic with strict border controls and quarantines, Taiwan has faced a spike in domestic infections since the start of the year, with about 75,000 infections caused by the Omicron variant.
However, more than 99 percent of them are mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic. Taiwan also has a high vaccination rate.
As a result, the Taiwanese government has decided to relax the restrictions on Covid-19 regulations in order to normalize the situation and gradually reopen the island of 23 million people to the outside world.
In contrast, China imposed a strict lockdown on Shanghai and tightened controls on the capital Beijing, especially ahead of the long holiday.
China has said it will further restrict access to public spaces after the holiday period despite rising economic costs and increasing levels of public frustration.
“Starting May 5, a negative test for Covid-19 in the past week is required to enter public areas and take public transportation,” a notice on the WeChat page was quoted as saying. AFP on Saturday (30/4).
Residents are also required to show a negative Covid-19 test in the last 48 hours and proof of vaccination when they want to attend sporting events or travel in groups.
Last week, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said the way Taiwan handled the pandemic would cause many deaths.