Taipei: Taiwan President Su Tseng-chang on Sunday slammed China for imposing a "cruel" lockdown and said that Taipei would instead tackle the surge in Covid cases with a new approach.
According to The Independent, the number of Covid-19 cases in Taiwan have skyrocketed, with 75,000 infections driven by the Omicron variant since the beginning of the year, while the total caseload passed the 100,000 mark on Friday.
The Premier said that Taiwan's measures to control the pandemic were "praised by the world" and there was a plan to stop the increase of Covid-19 cases.
According to The Independent, cases have increased by more than 40 per cent since March, even though almost all the infections are mild or with no symptoms.
Meanwhile, the death rate has been at a low 0.8 per cent.
Su said, "We will not lock down the country and cities as cruelly as China. We have a plan, and there is a rhythm to it."
He slammed the Xi Jinping-led government for putting millions of people in lockdown. Backed by huge vaccinations, the government has announced a “new Taiwan model,” moving away from its neighbour China's stringent zero-tolerance approach, The Independent reported.
(With UNI inputs)