Virus Outbreak: Holiday crowds trigger CECC warning

SELF-MANAGEMENT: The numbers of people at some places were far worse than the center had expected, posing a risk of cluster infections, Chen Shih-chung said

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 07, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

A worker sanitizes a cartoon figure inspired by the drawings of artist Jimmy Liao at Jimmy Park next to Yilan Railway Station yesterday.
Photo: Chang Yi-chen, Taipei Times

People who visited crowded areas or activities over the Tomb Sweeping Day long weekend should start practicing 14 days of self-health management, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday.

The large crowds at popular scenic areas and tourist spots over the four-day holiday that ended on Sunday triggered concerns about the risk of COVID-19 transmissions.

“In order to enhance the nation’s disease prevention capacity, we require people to make advance preparations for flexible working hours and working spaces,” said Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center.“People who visited crowded places or activities should wear a mask, avoid unnecessary outings, strictly practice social distancing, avoid going to school or work if they develop any symptoms and seek medical attention or the call the 1922 hotline,” the minister said.    [FULL  STORY]

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