Hospital visits banned in northern Taiwan cities
Courtesy of ICRT
The Central Epidemic Command Center has announced a precautionary ban on all inpatient visits to hospitals in Taipei, New Taipei, and Taoyuan until 9 February.
However, there are a few exceptions to the new ban.
Hospitals will allow an inpatient visit if the patient is having an operation or invasive procedure and a family member is needed to accompany them or sign consent forms or other documents.
Visits will also be allowed if a patient's relative needs to be present for an explanation of an inpatient's condition from an emergency room, intensive care unit, or hospice unit.
The other exception is for cases where a hospital has determined that a visit is necessary because of a patient's deteriorating condition or the need for medical intervention.
The new ban will not affect the number of people (including caregivers) who can accompany a hospitalized patient full time.