Speculation on relaxing level 3 restrictions

18 June, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT

Government officials are responding to growing speculation about whether the Central Epidemic Command Center's (CECC) current coronavirus restrictions could be relaxed.

Speculation as to the government possibly opting to lower its level 3 coronavirus alert to either a level 2.5 or level 2 alert comes after five days of fewer than 200 new cases.

According to Premier Su Tseng-chang, things are clearly "moving in the right direction," but the government firmly believes that Taiwan "doesn't have the luxury" of easing the current restrictions.

Su says the government currently has sufficient supplies of medical resources to treat coronavirus patients and will begin taking steps to expand rapid testing at companies, in local communities and at home.

Deputy Health Minister Hsueh Rui-yuan says the next 10 days will provide the basis for any decision as to whether level 3 alert will be extended beyond its current 28 June deadline.

This comes after the CECC reported 175 new domestic coronavirus cases and 19 deaths from the disease yesterday, bringing the total number of cases in Taiwan since the pandemic began to 13,584 and the number of deaths to 497.

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