Taiwan urges against large gatherings as imported cases continue (2020/03/25)
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    Taiwan urges against large gatherings as imported cases continue (2020/03/25)

    Nineteen new imported cases of COVID-19 were announced on Wednesday, including four more students from the same U.K. university as a previous case.
    Taiwan officials are now advising against all large gatherings, defined as over 100 people in an indoor space or 500 people outdoors. Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said he hopes to gradually tighten social distancing rules, so Taiwan can gradually adapt to a new lifestyle. Addressing the case of a student caught holding a party during home quarantine, Chen denounced the action as “reckless, tactless and unacceptable.”

    Nineteen new cases of COVID-19 were announced today. All are imported. Most are young people who arrived in the last few days.

    Chen Shih-chung
    Central Epidemic Command Center
    These 19 cases consist of 7 males and 12 females, aged from 10 to over 60. Most are in younger age groups.

    Fifteen of the patients have returned from the U.K. or U.S. Four are students from the same British university as an earlier patient, #152. They are believed to be part of one campus cluster. Meanwhile, one more member of an Egyptian tour group has been diagnosed, bringing the cluster total to 10 patients.

    Although the community infection rate is low, the Central Epidemic Command Center has taken the step of advising against large gatherings. That means an indoor event of 100 people or an outdoor event of 500 people. The aim is to eliminate any risk of community transmission.

    Chen Shih-chung
    Central Epidemic Command Center
    We hope to gradually add to the guidance, so that people can gradually get used to a new lifestyle. Someone asked me if they can still get married. I said, of course you can, it’s only a meeting of two people, isn’t it? But I don’t think you should hold a wedding ceremony with a big banquet and lots of guests squeezed together.

    Recently, a student who’d just returned from the U.S. made headlines by holding a party while in mandatory home quarantine. The management of his residential building alerted police. Chen was visibly angry as he addressed the topic.

    Chen Shih-chung
    Central Epidemic Command Center
    It’s reckless, and it’s also tactless. You’re putting your friends in a dangerous situation. The guests are also really… Such events are strictly forbidden. Of course one-off, limited visits are not banned, but to hold an event in isolation and call it a party is just unacceptable.

    The command center’s statistics show more than 80,000 people are currently in home quarantine. Nationwide 229 people have been fined for violating quarantine rules, with over NT$18 million being collected. Taipei boasts the most infractions, with 69 people caught. But the highest single fine was doled out to a New Taipei resident: almost NT$3.2 million.

    中文 Chinese  
    台新增19例境外移入 4英留學生校園群聚感染









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