With news spreading across the globe of Chinese cities on lockdown, people quarantined on cruise ships and travel restrictions being enforced between certain countries, visiting Taiwan, or anywhere in Asia for that matter, might not seem like the most appealing prospect. However, we can’t stress enough that it is completely safe to visit Taiwan. Yes, this past week Taiwan did announce its first death from coronavirus – a taxi driver in his 60s with two serious preexisting health conditions who was said to have most likely caught the virus from passengers he’d picked up from the Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong, or Macau. As things stand, at the time of writing, Taiwan, or according to the WHO, Taipei and environs, has 22 confirmed cases of the Wuhan novel coronavirus (officially being referred to as COVID19).
When you look at this in writing, it may seem scary. However, given the way the local authorities have reacted to this threat, and how everyone from small businesses to the average person on the street are taking precautions, there really is nothing to worry about here in Taiwan. Still need proof? Taiwan Scene took to the streets of Taipei on a chilly Tuesday afternoon to bring you a snapshot of daily life and let you know that things in Taipei, and Taiwan as a whole, are very much business as usual. (Read more: All you need to know about coronavirus in Taiwan)
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