Face masks do not disappoint in Taiwanese martial artist style: A student at a martial arts center trains while wearing a surgical mask to protect himself from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Taipei, Taiwan, April 30, 2020. Photo taken on April 30, 2020 REUTERS / Ann Wang
TAIPEI (Reuters) – For martial arts students in Taipei, training is happening almost as normal as Taiwan keeps the spread of the new coronavirus under control.
While major parts of the world are responding from pandemics and to lockdown, Taiwan has reported 429 cases and six deaths, thanks to early prevention and control measures.
Taiwan has not reported any new cases in six days, and there has been no delivery within the community for nearly two weeks.
As the government encourages social isolation and the wearing of face masks, life on the island is becoming more common – including for many gyms.
Sung Ming-yen, the founder of a group of martial arts gyms, said after the new cases were announced, the business would inevitably be affected the next day, with people cautious about coming out.
“But if there are new cases, everyone will have confidence,” he told Reuters. “In this environment and environment, we must trust the government and take care of our own steps of control, so that we can continue to live a happy and healthy life.”
The martial arts aficionados in his gyms carry their training almost as much as they would any time, even wearing face masks.
“After a while you get used to it and begin to think that your heart and lung function will gradually increase with those gains in strength. When competing in the future, it will come,” said boxing student Dylan Huang, 39.