CECC steps up Covid-19 monitoring
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) says it will be launching a series of measures to combat the spread of the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
According to the CECC, it will be allocating coronavirus self-test kits to clinics nationwide from 30 August.
Doctors at those clinics will be able to decide which patients they consider as being at high risk of infection before giving them test-kits to do the screening at home.
If the patients test positive, they can go back to the clinic or a nearby hospital to take a PCR test to double check.
Other measures include mandatory screening of employees at international airports in Taoyuan, Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung every seven days starting on 30 August, as they are considered to have a higher risk of being infected with the disease while examinations of the nation's waste water and frozen food imports for coronavirus will also be stepped up as part of the preventive measures.
The move comes after the CECC has opted to continue the nationwide level 2 coronavirus alert until 6 September.