No current plans for Level 4 lockdown
Courtesy of ICRT
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) says it has no immediate plans to impose a full Level 4 coronavirus lockdown.
The statement comes as some cities and counties have been carrying out computerized drills to prepare for a nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Health minister Chen Shih-chung says under the current national Level 3 alert, the rate of infections has slowed and that indicates that current disease prevention protocols are working.
According to Chen, while he commends the local governments' computerized preparatory lockdown exercises, he believes it's more important that people strictly adhere to the Level 3 regulations at this juncture in time.
However, the health minister is warning the public not to let down their guard and is stressing that it's too early to determine whether the current outbreak is easing.
Chen also says that it is impractical to count on vaccination to get rid of the coronavirus for good and disease control measures "can be considered successful if they prevent massive transmissions."
This comes after the CECC reported Taiwan on Monday reported 351 new cases of Covid-19, including 347 domestic cases and four imported cases, with 15 fatalities. The domestic cases comprise 274 newly confirmed cases, plus 73 cases from a backlog of test results confirmed over the last few days, the CECC said. This brings the total number of cases in Taiwan since the pandemic began to 8,511, of which more than 7,000 are domestic cases that were reported since 15 May, while the total number of deaths rose to 124, of which 112 were in the past two weeks alone.