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    Strict lockdowns save lives. That’s New Zealand’s philosophy for dealing with Covid-19. Taiwan avoided them. It preferred tests, quarantines and masks to contain the virus’s spread.

    Initially, both islands enjoyed success. But that changed for Taiwan, which was recently hit by the alpha variant. It hit hard, despite the government’s expertise in dealing with outbreaks of other diseases, like SARS. What happened? And is one government’s approach better?

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