Strict curbs imposed in Taiwan to as part of COVID-19 containment measures

As part of COVID -19 containment measures, Taiwan has imposed strict curbs on May 16,  The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has ordered hospitals across the nation to reduce their outpatient intake by deferring outpatient services that are deemed not imminent, such as health checks and cosmetic surgery, CECC advisor Chang Shan-) said Sunday at a press briefing. 

Taiwan news reports that Medical institutions have also been ordered to strengthen community-based case monitoring, reporting, and testing procedures, Chang said. All potential inpatients will be required to be tested before admission. If a patient develops coronavirus symptoms, including fever, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, and respiratory systems, they will undergo another COVID test. 

Another measure is to  enhances the monitoring of healthcare workers’ conditions, such as daily temperature checks. Those displaying possible COVID symptoms should immediately report them and get tested for the virus. 

Frontline workers at higher risk will be required to undergo a nasopharyngeal or deep throat saliva swab every 5-7 days, according to Chang. 

The measure has been introduced to ensure adequate medical capacity in the country as Taiwan has entered the community transmission stage of COVID-19, according to Chang. 

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