Taiwan to put 5,000 into quarantine over hospital COVID-19 cluster

1/24/2021 4:27:00 PM

Taiwan has been dealing with a small number of domestic transmission since January 12

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Taiwan will more than double the number of people who have to quarantine at home to more than 5,000 as it seeks to contain a rare domestic cluster of COVID-19 connected to a hospital, the health minister says.

Taiwan has been dealing with a small number of domestic transmission since January 12

ReutersTaiwan will more than double the number of people who have to quarantine at home to more than 5,000 as it seeks to contain a rare domestic cluster of COVID-19 connected to a hospital, the health minister said on Sunday, January 24.While Taiwan has kept the pandemic well under control thanks to

early and effective prevention, with the large majority of its 890 infections imported cases, it has since Jan. 12 been dealing with a small number of domestic transmissions at a hospital.While the 15 people infected so far at the hospital in the northern city of Taoyuan is small compared to many other parts of the world, it has unnerved the government, which has

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While Taiwan has kept the pandemic well under control thanks to early and effective prevention , with the large majority of its 890 infections imported cases, it has since Jan. 12 been dealing with a small number of domestic transmissions at a hospital. Taiwan took early and effective steps to control the virus, with the large majority of its 909 confirmed cases in people who caught COVID-19 abroad. While the 15 people infected so far at the hospital in the northern city of Taoyuan is small compared to many other parts of the world, it has unnerved the government, which has cancelled many large-scale events related to the upcoming Lunar New Year. Taiwan largely closed its borders early on in the pandemic and has a robust contact tracing and quarantine system, meaning its low case numbers – 1,210 infections to date including 12 deaths – have allowed life to carry on more or less as normal. Health Minister Chen Shih-chung told reporters that they will expand the number of people who have to quarantine at home for 14 days who may have had contact with the infected patients from the hospital cluster. Chen, reporting 4 new cases from the hospital cluster, announced the death, bringing to 8 the total number of deaths in Taiwan from the pandemic. He put the number at about 5,000 people, compared to around 1,300 who are currently in quarantine. For more news about the novel coronavirus click What you need to know about Coronavirus.

The government has been testing all of those who have been in quarantine, and has been announcing new cases amongst them as they are confirmed. The woman lived in the same household as a nurse who worked at the hospital and was infected there, according to a breakdown of the infections provided by Chen. None have a recent history of overseas travel, Chen added. Taiwan has a well-honed system to track those who have been in contact with confirmed cases and an electronic monitoring network to ensure those in quarantine remain at home. Despite the new infections, Taiwan only has 95 active cases being treated in hospital. Taiwan's case numbers remain low compared to many countries around the world, with 78 people now being treated in hospital. The government holds news conferences to announce details of every new infection. – Rappler. – Rappler.

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