No community infection detected: epidemic center

UNMASKED: People who are healthy do not need to wear a mask at all times, the Central Epidemic Command Center said, while urging people to avoid panic buying

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 02, 2020
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that an outbreak of 2019 novel

A sign at a Taipei store yesterday informs shoppers that face masks and alcohol disinfectants are sold out.
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Time

coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has not been detected in local communities, so people should not panic and stockpile masks.

The center also detailed three conditions for wearing a mask and five tips for putting on a mask properly.

The center said it held a coordination meeting with local governments’ civil affairs and health departments on Friday to discuss the mobilization of resources for disease control and prevention.

The two indigenous cases of 2019-nCoV that have been confirmed in Taiwan were familial clusterings, and so far there is no evident risk of disease transmission in the community, the center quoted National Taiwan University Hospital’s Infectious Disease Division professor Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) and Pediatrics Department director Huang Li-min (黃立民) as saying at the meeting.

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