A total of 59 Palauan students studying in Taiwan are doing well and are COVID-19 free according to a report from the Embassy of Palau in Taiwan.

The students are being regularly screened and have their temperatures taken upon entering the campuses.

In addition, eight (8) Palauan patients in Taiwan for medical referral and eight (8) medical escorts are also reported to be well and COVID-19 free.  They too are screened regularly at the Taiwan hospitals.

The 59 students, 16 patients, and escorts will remain in Taiwan until the China Airline resumes its service to Palau.  China Airlines’ regular flights to Palau were suspended on March 23 due to Taiwan government’s directive prohibiting entry of foreign nationals into Taiwan to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Taiwan’s government has been lauded worldwide for its highly successful management and control of COVID-19.

When the COVID-19 virus outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China, many countries around the region did not immediately respond.  Taiwan, which had many exchanges with China, quickly responded taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus

As of March 25th, Taiwan had a total of 19 new cases bringing the overall number of positive COVID-19 cases to 235.  29 patients have recovered and discharged with two (2) patient fatalities as a result of COVID-19.  A total of 26,660 have been tested and out of that, 24,044 were excluded or identified to be COVID-19 free.

There is a total of 250 healthcare facilities for care, testing, and isolation of COVID-19 patients in Taiwan.  In addition, 50 of the medical centers and facilities with a negative pressure isolation room with a total of 537 beds are available to handle COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms.

It also was the first country to announce a $2billion relief fund to help businesses in Taiwan impacted by COVID-19, this on February 14th of this year.