No plans yet to raise Covid-19 alert
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) currently has no plans to elevate the nationwide level 2 coronavirus alert.
The statement comes despite a growing cluster of domestic infections in New Taipei and calls for the alert to be raised to level 3.
However, the health minister is stressing that the immediate aim is to control the spread of the disease, and CECC will consider raising the alert if there is a new wave of infections, or if the current cluster balloons out of control.
Chen is urging people to remain vigilant, to stay away from school or work if they develop symptoms and get tested for the coronavirus if they experience any changes of taste or smell, or have diarrhoea.
However, the minister said earlier in the week that he would not rule out a return to level 3 coronavirus restrictions if cluster infections continue to spread.