How Taiwan held off Covid-19, until it didn’t

In December 2019, Taiwan‘s government learned that at least seven atypical pneumonia cases had been reported in Wuhan, China. Because of Taiwan’s proximity to China and the number of back-and-forth flights between the two countries, it was expected to have the second-highest number of Covid-19 cases worldwide.

Instead, Taiwan has had one of the lowest Covid-19 death rates in the world. Thanks in part to a sophisticated, digitized health care system and a mandatory two-week quarantine for all travelers, life in Taiwan went on with relative normalcy. But then, in May 2021, a new wave of cases threatened the country’s …

Reunited (at Dior) and It Feels So Good?

PARIS — “It’s like a school reunion, no?” said Carine Roitfeld, the French fashion editor, flicking her veil of hair off her black-lined eyes and glancing around at the Dior show on Monday. The gang was back, in a specially constructed box, as always, in the gardens of the Musée Rodin, as attendees who had not seen each other in person in more than a year air-kissed and embraced in delight. Ms. Roitfeld looked bemused, and not entirely pleased.

It’s true, there’s something somewhat disconcerting about the fall headlong back into the familiar after 16 months of life suspended: the