TAIPEI (Reuters)-The Minister of Health said on Sunday that the number of people in Taiwan who will be isolated at home will more than double to more than 5,000 as it seeks to contain the rare domestic COVID-19 cluster connected to hospitals.
Although Taiwan has adopted early and effective preventive measures to control the influenza pandemic within a controllable range, most of its 890 infections are imported cases, but since January 1
Compared with many other places in the world, the hospital in the northern city of Taoyuan has infected 15 people so far, although it is very small, but it disturbs the government, which has cancelled many large-scale events related to the upcoming Chinese New Year.
Health Minister Chen Shizhong told reporters that they will expand the number of people who must be quarantined at home for 14 days, who may have been in contact with infected patients in the hospital group.
He estimated that this number was about 5,000, while the current population in the quarantine area is about 1,300.
The government has been inspecting all quarantine personnel and announced new cases after confirmation.
Taiwan has a well-developed system to track people in contact with confirmed cases, and an electronic surveillance network to ensure that quarantine personnel stay at home.
Despite the emergence of new infections, only 95 active cases in Taiwan are being treated in hospitals. The government held a press conference to announce the details of each new infection.
Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by David Evans