Hospital visits banned in northern Taiwan cities

28 January, 2021

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.

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