CECC revises quarantine rules

13 January, 2022

Courtesy of ICRT


The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) says it is adjusting its coronavirus quarantine rules to allow people at lower risk of spreading the disease to be released early from hospital to avoid any strains on capacity.


The CECC say the rule change will affect those whose initial tests suggest a relatively low viral load but patients must also meet other criteria for an earlier release from quarantine at a hospital.


Those include not having any symptoms, testing positive for antibodies, and testing negative or showing low CT values in two following rapid PCR tests.


The patients discharged from hospitals must then adhere to seven-days of self-health management.


Prior to the revisions, all those infected with the coronavirus had to stay in hospital for at least 10 days.


This follows news yesterday of 92 imported Covid-19 cases, the highest number of cases ever.


The CECC also reports 4 local confirmed cases with no deaths.


Three of the cases are linked to Taoyuan International Airport.


All three work at a branch of the Union Bank of Taiwan located in Taoyuan's Zhongli District.


The CECC says the cases are all contacts of a family member of an airport employee


They bring the total number of domestic coronavirus infections connected to the airport to 42.


The other domestic case is a caregiver at a hospital who had contact with a patient in May of last year.


One of the four cases has been classified as a breakthrough infection, while another received one Moderna vaccine dose.


The vaccination status of the other two cases are still under investigation.


In other Covid-19 news, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je is urging undocumented migrant workers in the city to take advantage of the coronavirus vaccination service at the Taipei Main Station, that has been set up specifically for them.


According to Ko, the walk-in site includes translators provided by the Ministry of Labor to help migrant workers navigate the process.


The dedicated vaccination service for undocumented workers will be available at the Taipei Main Station daily from 1PM through 8PM until Sunday.

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