back to article Taiwan’s tech production went boom! in March

Taiwan’s posted its monthly Industrial Production Indexes for March 2020 and they contain some nice-looking numbers. The indexes measure the weight of activity compared to past performance, rather than value of activity. Overall industrial production was up 10.41 percent across all sectors, with manufacturing up 11.09 percent …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No surprise there, Everyone was wearing masks and using sanitiser, since January. There was NO lockdown and NO social-distancing.

    Their economy was running in overtime, to try and supply the rest of the world who were locking their economies down, because they had no masks or sanitisers, and those they did have were reserved for politicians and medical staff.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Also helps to have a deputy president who's an epidemiologist.

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    2. MOV r0,r0

      Taiwan's been doing social distancing for all of April though (1m outdoors & 1.5m indoors) and from the outset there were fewer people outdoors, very few planes in the sky over Taipei and anyone coming home on one must self-isolate for 14 days or risk an NT£1M fine. The solution for a population from an inherently rice-farmer culture that experienced the threat of MERS and SARS-CoV #1 can't necessarily be cookie-cutter stamped across all of Eurasia.

      Anyway, the Taiwan experience doesn't count according to the WHO as apparently it doesn't exist...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        I was there in February, and there was no social distancing happening then, they had also closed the schools (since re-opened but with perspex barriers installed between the children). They had also banned flights from China. Business and shops were and are operating as normal, and we can see now, booming.

        The place was teeming with people outdoors, the markets were chock-a-block with people. People were not staying inside.

        The only difference was most people were wearing masks, and sanitiser was freely available everywhere, and everyone was using it, and temperature checking in public places was commonplace.

        Our government are lying to us telling us we don't need to use masks, I heard a feeble excuse from a senior health official yesterday saying people wouldn't use "proper" masks if they were compulsory.

        The facts are, there is not enough masks here, so the government lie and say they aren't necessary. Same for sanitiser. They reserve them for medical staff, HELLO, if they work for medical staff, they will work for us too.

        The end result is they have locked down our economy and our people, up to half of the workforce is or will be unemployed, many businesses will never recover, and the government has to spend trillions on stimulus and unemployment support.

        All because they can't provide us with 20c masks and sanitiser.

  2. First Light Silver badge

    Taiwan preference

    I once interviewed a Japanese manufacturer who was applying for US visas. I can't remember what he was making. He had a factory in Taiwan, but then got many offers from China to switch manufacturing there. He did so, but ended up getting ripped off so badly with faulty products and other shenanigans that he switched back to Taiwan.

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