Level 3 alert introduced island-wide
Courtesy of ICRT
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has raised its coronavirus alert to Level 3 islandwide after recording over 100 locally-transmitted cases for the fifth consecutive day.
The alert is provisionally effective until 28 May.
Under the four-tier alert system, a Level 3 alert means people are now required to wear masks at all times when they leave their homes, indoor gatherings of more than five people are not allowed and outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.
According to Health Minister Chen Shih-chung, the decision to raise the alert nationwide was made because although the coronavirus spread started in Taipei and New Taipei, there are now domestic cases across the island. On Tuesday the CECC reported 275 new coronavirus cases, of which 267 were classified as domestic infections. The latest cases bring the total number here in Taiwan since the pandemic began to 2,532.
Beginning today, a nationwide coronavirus virtual meeting will be held every morning.
The meeting will be presided over by Deputy Interior Minister Chen Tsung-yen and Vice Health Minister Shih Chong-liang and it will be attended by deputy mayoral and county magistrate level officials from all county and city governments.
The CECC says it will also be holding an additional press briefing following the nationwide virtual meeting, at which it will deal with issues related to false information circulating online concerning the coronavirus outbreak here in Taiwan.