Taipei, New Taipei to limit PCR tests
The mayors of Taipei and New Taipei both told residents of their respective cities to only go to a Covid-19 testing site to take a PCR test if they have already taken a rapid test and tested positive.
During a daily press briefing on Covid-19 on Sunday, New Taipei Mayor Hou You-yi said that starting tomorrow, the 31 testing sites in the city will only offer PCR tests to people who have had a positive rapid test or are experiencing symptoms.
The 31 testing sites, according to Hou, include 18 hospitals in the city and 13 sites set up by the city government. The restriction is meant to preserve the city's testing capacity.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je also expressed concerns about his city's PCR testing capacity during the Taipei City government's press briefing Sunday, urging local residents not to go to one of Taipei's seven testing sites unless they have had a positive rapid test result.