Health organization WHO does not share the information provided by Taiwan about the coronavirus with other countries, the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday. This includes details about patients and prevention methods.
Taiwan has said it has shared data with the WHO since the virus outbreak began, but also reports that it has not been included in daily updates so far.
“This may make it impossible for countries to understand our situation,” said the State Department. “This shows that what the WHO says about learning from all regions, including Taiwan, is not true.”
According to the latest figures, three people have died from COVID-19 in Taiwan. Another 295 others are infected with the virus. The infections and deaths in Taiwan are merged by the WHO with those in China, where over 80,000 people have been tested positive and approximately 3,300 deaths have been registered.
Taipei and Beijing each try to prevent the spread of the virus in their own way. For example, in Taiwan – unlike in affected parts of China – there is no lockdown. Educational institutions also remain open.
China sees Taiwan as an apostate state
Although Taiwan functions independently, the island is not recognized as a country by most countries. China sees Taiwan as an apostate province. Due to this political situation, the island itself is not a member of the WHO, which leads to additional anger due to the current pandemic in Taiwan.
The Taiwanese government believes that a political game is being played on with the lives of the people. Taiwan reported last week that the WHO at the beginning of the outbreak ignored questions from the Taipei.
Both WHO and China say Taiwan has received all necessary information about the coronavirus. Although Taiwan is not a member, the government does have access to internal WHO information systems.
WHO: Situation Taiwan is being monitored
The WHO released a rare statement on Taiwan on Sunday, stating that the coronavirus developments are also closely monitored there. The organization also reported that it is learning how the Taiwanese fight against the virus.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded by saying that WHO should continue to review and improve “some of the unreasonable restrictions imposed on Taiwan on the basis of political considerations”.
In the past decade, Taiwan has been unwelcome several times to WHO meetings. Also, the authorities were not allowed to attend a major corona virus meeting in person last month. They were only allowed to attend the meeting online.
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The coronavirus in short
- The coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person via sneezing and cough drops. The chance of becoming infected through surfaces such as door handles is small. This chance decreases if you wash your hands often.
- You can considerably reduce the chance of spreading by keeping at least 1.5 meters away from others.
- An infected person infects two to three others on average. Precautions are necessary to contain this.
- The vast majority of patients have mild (flu-like) complaints.
- Almost all deaths involve the elderly or other vulnerable persons, such as heart, lung or diabetes patients. If everyone complies with the measures, this reduces their risks.
- Read here what precautions you should take.