CORONAVIRUS/Year-end celebrations to proceed despite new domestic COVID-19 case

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/22/2020
By: Chen Wei-ting, Chen Yi-hsuan, Hou Wen-ting, Chang Ming-hsuan and Chung Yu-chen

The annual “Christmasland in New Taipei City” event, which will run through Jan 3, 2021. CNA photo Dec. 22, 2020

Taipei, Dec. 22 (CNA) New Year's Eve festivities across Taiwan will proceed as scheduled, despite a report on Tuesday of the country's first domestic COVID-19 case since April 12, because the source of infection has already been determined, according to Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中).

The decision was made at an emergency meeting of representatives from the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) and central and local governments late Tuesday, with the aim of assessing whether to scale down or cancel the upcoming festivities in the wake of the newly confirmed domestic case.

On Tuesday, a local contact of a pilot from New Zealand who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday tested positive for the virus, the first domestic case reported in Taiwan in 253 days, according to the CECC.

Speaking at a press conference, Chen, who is also the CECC head, said that while the planned celebrations will take place as usual, event organizers will be required to provide sufficient hand sanitizers at venues and increase the frequency of disinfecting venue restrooms.    [FULL  STORY]

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