Virus outbreak: CECC tests online mask-buying system

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 10, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

Virus outbreak: CECC tests online mask-buying system

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced yesterday that it is testing an online system for buying masks using National Health Insurance (NHI) cards, while no new cases of COVID-19 were reported for a third consecutive day.

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), head of the center, was asked to elaborate on Premier Su Tseng-chang’s (蘇貞昌) remark earlier in the day that people could be allowed to order masks online and collect them at convenience stores, and he confirmed that such a program was in the works.

The system was being “pressure-tested” yesterday in a bid to prevent a crash if too many people tried to log on at the same time, Chen said.

If the test went smoothly, the center would likely announce details of the plan today, he said.

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