The Guardian article is total garbage. As to be expected.
Taiwan has a massive civil defense infrastructure to deal with actual very real threats of chemical and biological attack made by mainland China. Taiwan is in a state of war. The Taiwanese CDC had a very detailed pandemic disaster management plan and infrastructure greatly expanded due to its experience with SARs in 2003. Taiwanese intelligence had been keeping very close watch on what had been happening in mainland China during the second half of 2019. On December 31’st 2019 the situation was so serious in mainland China that the Taiwanese CDC triggered the pandemic disaster plan and it was this , and only this, that forced the mainland Chinese government to make its first public notification to the WHO.
On December the 31’st the full disaster plan was set in motion which include the activation of multiple Taiwanese army and civil deference NCB battalions to take care of all contact tracing, detentions and related measures. A role they had already trained for. These troops and associated government officials, it was a very extensive fully integrated operation, had full access to all real time cell phone records and tracking and had very wide power of detention and testing. Due to Taiwan being in a state of war.
Not one single part of the Taiwanese response or plan applies to any other country in the world , apart from South Korea. The only other country currently in a state of war and with a large NCB civil defense infrastructure. And all the civil powers that go with that.
The article is so fucking stupid on so many levels. Nothing about the Taiwanese experience applies to any western country. In any way. And I can guarantee you that in 10 years time the prevalence of SARs CoV 2 in the general population in Taipei will be about the same as every other country. Because of, you know, science and stuff.
But as the typical Guardian reader is a closet totalitarian the readers will get their little frisson of self righteous indignation from the article. Its true purpose and the only reason it was written.