CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan mulling easing COVID-19 restrictions as new cases stay at zero

Focus Taiwan
Date: 04/30/2020
By: Chang Ming-shuan and Emerson Lim

CECC officials hold up cup lids with the number 0, celebrating five consecutive days of zero new cases of COVID-19 in Taiwan.

Taipei, April 30 (CNA) The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday it is considering lifting some of the restrictions related to its COVID-19 coronavirus prevention efforts, as Taiwan has recorded no new cases for the fifth consecutive day, leaving the total number at 429.

At a daily press briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the CECC will start discussions with the relevant government agencies and civic organizations about gradually relaxing some of the COVID-19 restrictions in areas such as sports, cultural activities and restaurant dining.

People are advised, however, to remain vigilant, continue to practice good personal hygiene, observe social distancing and wear surgical face masks when necessary, said Chen, who heads the CECC.

The CECC also issued a reminder to Taiwanese citizens returning from abroad to notify airport authorities of any COVID-like symptoms such as a cough or fever on arrival and to contact local health agencies if they develop those types of symptoms during their mandatory 14-day home quarantine.

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