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The Politics of Taiwan’s COVID-19 Response – The Diplomat

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On May 15, cases spiked to 180 overnight after a year in which COVID-19 had been kept under control in Taiwan. On August 25, 101 days later, Taiwan reported zero cases for the first time in three months. Between these two events, however, Taiwan’s COVID-19 situation became the arena for intense political contestation between the pan-Green and pan-Blue camps.

President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progress Party (DPP) had previously benefited domestically from preventing COVID-19 from taking hold in Taiwan for over a year. But this summer the Tsai administration was blamed by the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) or Nationalist Party for having allowed COVID-19 to finally enter Taiwan’s borders. Much criticism centered around the DPP legislative caucus deciding to lower the quarantine period for pilots to three days of quarantine, followed by 11 days of self-health management, from a previous schedule of five days of quarantine and nine days…

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