By: Ku Chuan, Wen Kuei-hsiang, Yeh Su-ping and Emerson Lim
Taipei, March 24 (CNA) It will take at least another two months to contain the surging new coronavirusdisease (COVID-19) outbreak worldwide, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) predicted during an exclusive interview with CNA on Tuesday.
One of the reasons is that some patients exhibit few symptoms or are asymptomatic. They are not aware of being infected and so spread the virus to people around them unknowingly, Chen said.
Another reason is although drastic measures taken by governments around the world will help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the ability of governments to control the outbreak differs, he added.
"Some suggest the outbreak can be contained before the end of April, I think that is too optimistic," he said. [FULL STORY]