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Asian trio of Taiwan, Vietnam and Singapore keep COVID near zero

Strict quarantines and testing stamp out local transmission

Masked Taiwanese were able to take part in a New Year's celebration as the island kept the coronavirus at bay with rigorous testing.    © Reuters

SINGAPORE/TAIPEI -- Last month, Taiwan saw its first local infection in roughly eight months, bringing total local transmissions to 56.

The significantly lower numbers than neighboring countries and regions are the result of strict enforcement of the 14-day mandatory quarantine for travelers from overseas.

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