Virus Outbreak: Tsai reassures nation over virus

COLLABORATION: President Tsai Ing-wen said she wished to thank the public for their compliance and the nation’s medical personnel for their tireless fight against COVID-19

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 20, 2020
By Su Yung-yao and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer

The government would stabilize the stock market and boost disease-prevention measures to

President Tsai Ing-wen calls for calm during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic at a news conference at the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday.Photo: CNA

contain COVID-19, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday, adding that people hoarding supplies would face penalties.

Tsai, accompanied b0y Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), told a news conference at the Presidential Office in Taipei that the situation on the ground would dictate whether fast-tracked legislation or emergency presidential decrees would be necessary, while existing regulations adequately allow the government to respond.

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), along with the Taiwan People’s Party, had on Wednesday called on the government to issue an emergency presidential decree to provide a legal basis for disease-prevention efforts, as well as to resolve whether restrictions in place are infringing on the constitutionally guaranteed right to free movement.    [FULL  STORY]

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