Taiwan to quarantine 5,000 on hospital COVID-19 cluster

FILE PHOTO: A person wears a protective mask to prevent the spread of coronovirus disease (COVID-19) during shopping before the Chinese New Year on January 20, 2021 in Taipei, Taiwan. REUTERS / Ann Wang / File Photo

The Health Minister said that TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan will double the number of people who have to quarantine more than 5,000 homes, as it is a rare domestic cluster of hospital-linked COVID-19.

Although Taiwan has kept the epidemic under control for early and effective prevention, with a large majority of its 890 infection cases imported, it has been operating since January 12 in a hospital with a small number of domestic transmissions.

While the 15 people infected so far in the hospital in the northern city of Taoyuan are younger than many other parts of the world, it has unnecessarily upset the government, which has canceled several large-scale events related to the upcoming lunar new year .

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung told reporters that they would expand the number of people quarantined at home for 14 days, who might have contact with infected patients from hospital clusters.

They put the number at about 5,000, compared to about 5,000 who are currently in quarantine.

The government is testing all those who have been in quarantine, and is announcing new cases between them as confirmed.

Taiwan has a well-respected system for tracking those exposed to confirmed cases and electronic surveillance networks to ensure that people living in the home.

Despite new infections, there are only 95 active cases in Taiwan that are being treated in hospital. The government holds news conferences to announce the details of every new infection.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by David Evans


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