台灣:疫情中的「世外桃源」Taiwan Thrives as a Bubble of Normality

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Covid? What Covid? Taiwan Thrives as a Bubble of Normality.

台灣:疫情中的「世外桃源」

This island of 24 million, which has seen just 10 Covid-19 deaths and fewer than 1,000 cases, has used its success to sell something in short supply: living without fear of the coronavirus. The relatively few people who are allowed to enter Taiwan have been coming in droves, and they’ve helped to fuel an economic boom.

1. in short supply 供應不足、短缺
2. live without fear 沒有恐懼地活著
3. come in droves 成群地來
4. fuel (v.) an economic boom 推動經濟繁榮

這個人口2400萬的島嶼,迄今只有10人死於新冠肺炎,累計不到1000例感染病例。它利用其遏制大流行病的成功,將現今短缺之物——不用擔心新冠病毒的生活——推銷給全世界。獲准進入台灣的人相對有限,他們成群地來到這裡,幫助推動了台灣的經濟繁榮。

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These Covid migrants are largely overseas Taiwanese and dual nationals. They have included businesspeople, students, retirees and well-known figures like Eddie Huang, the Taiwanese-American restaurateur and author. About 270,000 more Taiwanese entered the island than left it in 2020, according to the immigration authorities — about four times the net inflow of the previous year.

5. overseas Taiwanese and dual nationals住國外的台灣人和有雙重國籍的人
6. immigration authorities 移民署; the authorities [ plural ] 官方;當局
7. net inflow 淨移入人口

這些因新冠病毒回來的人主要是住在國外的台灣人和有雙重國籍的人,其中包括商人、學生、退休者,以及像餐廳老闆兼台灣裔美國作家黃頤銘(Eddie Huang)這樣的知名人士。據移民署的數據,2020年進入台灣的台灣人比離開的台灣人多出約27萬人,大約是上年淨移入人口數的四倍。

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The influx of people helped make Taiwan one of last year’s fastest-growing economies — indeed, one of the few to expand at all. There was a brief slowdown at the start of the pandemic, but the economy grew more than 5 percent in the fourth quarter compared with the same period in 2019. The government expects 4.6 percent growth in 2021, which would be the fastest pace in seven years.

8. the influx of ~的湧入
9. a fast-growing economy 快速增長的經濟
10. a brief slowdown 短暫放緩
11. at the start of the pandemic 新冠疫情開始時
12. a fast pace 快節奏、快速

人口的湧入幫助台灣成為去年經濟成長最快的地方之一——實際上,台灣是為數不多經濟增長的地方。新冠疫情開始時,台灣經濟曾短暫趨緩,但第四季的經濟與2019年同期相比成長了5%以上。政府預期的2021年經濟成長率為4.6%,這將會是七年來最快的成長速度。

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文章來自《紐約時報》: http://nyti.ms/3vtMMPT

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