Taiwan could increase its COVID-19 alert level in “the next few days,” Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said on Wednesday, according to the official Central News Agency, resulting in the closure of stores selling items. nonessential as infections increase.
Taiwan on Tuesday announced plans to restrict public gatherings due to a cluster of six new cases with no clear source of infection, an unusual outbreak for the island which had contained the pandemic well. Read more
Describing the situation as “very serious,” Mr. Chen told parliament that the level could be raised a notch to 3, limiting gatherings to five people inside and 10 outside, as well as the closure. non-essential businesses.
He later told the media that a decision could come “in the days to come”.
President Tsai Ing-wen will hold a press conference on the coronavirus on Wednesday afternoon.
The benchmark stock index (.TWII) fell more than 8% amid concerns over new cases, even though infections are still relatively few.
Taiwan largely closed its borders at the start of the pandemic and has a strong system of contact tracing and quarantine, keeping infections at 1,210, including 12 deaths, and keeping life close to normal.
While Taiwan hasn’t ordered it already, the highest Alert Level of 4 would trigger an effective lockdown, with people urged to stay in their homes as much as possible.
(Global Immunization Tracking: https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/vaccination-rollout-and-access/)
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