Hospitals and long-term care facilities may reopen to visitors, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday.
The move would mainly affect facilities in Taipei, New Taipei City, Keelung, Taoyuan, Kaohsiung and Hualien County that on April 22 banned visitors due to COVID-19 concerns.
However, some visitors would be required to provide proof of a negative rapid COVID-19 test taken on the same day or a self-paid laboratory test, said Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC.
Photo provided by the CECC
Exemptions from the rule are visitors who have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, with the third dose received more than 14 days before, and people who have recovered from the disease after testing positive between 15 days and three months before, Chen said.
Two people at a time can visit patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities, he said.
However, if the patient is a child, an older person, has mental or physical disabilities, or is incapable of caring for themself, three visitors would be allowed, he said.
Taiwan yesterday reported 45,678 new local COVID-19 cases and 152 deaths from the disease, the CECC said.
The deceased were aged from their teens to their 90s. Among them were 138 people who had chronic illnesses or other severe diseases, and 79 who were unvaccinated against COVID-19, the center said.
Two of them were younger than 20 years, including a 12-year-old boy, who had a neuromuscular disorder, said Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞), deputy head of the CECC’s medical response division.
The boy on Tuesday developed symptoms while at school, including difficulty breathing and an accelerated heartbeat, Lo said.
He was rushed to hospital after he lost consciousness, Lo added.
On arrival at the emergency room, the boy had no vital signs, and he could not be resuscitated, Lo said, adding that a post-mortem COVID-19 test showed that he had the disease.
CECC data showed that the boy was unvaccinated against COVID-19.
As of yesterday, 20 children under the age of 13 had died in Taiwan after contracting COVID-19, Lo said.
The second-youngest person who died was a 19-year-old man, who had asthma, Lo said, adding that he had received two vaccine doses.
The teenager in May developed symptoms including fatigue and muscle pain, and he later also began experiencing breathing difficulties when walking, Lo said.
He on June 5 tested positive in an emergency room, Lo said, adding that he also tested positive for hepatitis and had muscle inflammation.
On Saturday last week, the man went into shock and lost consciousness, Lo said, adding that he died two days later in an intensive care unit, where he received extracorporeal life support.
UNDER WATCH: Taiwan will have to establish a standardized nucleic acid testing method to identify the virus and monitor its spread, the CDC said The Langya henipavirus, which can be transmitted from animals to humans, has been discovered in China, with 35 human infections reported so far, Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said, adding that the nation would establish a nucleic acid testing method to identify the virus. A study titled “A Zoonotic Henipavirus in Febrile Patients in China” that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday said that a new henipavirus associated with a fever-causing human illness was identified in China. The study said an investigation identified 35 patients with acute infection of the Langya henipavirus in China’s Shandong
MISSILE PATHS: Certain information on the Chinese missile fire was not disclosed to maintain secrecy over military intelligence-gathering capabilities, the MND said Military experts yesterday speculated on the implication of the government’s tight-lipped response and the lack of air-raid sirens during the first day of China’s military drills the previous day. On Thursday, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) launched 11 Dongfeng-series ballistic missiles into waters north, east and south of Taiwan, a day after US House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s departure from the country, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said. The Japanese Ministry of Defense said that China fired nine missiles toward Taiwan, including four that flew over Taiwan proper. However, China’s exhibition of force failed to terrorize the local populace, because
If any war were to break out between the US and China, one trigger might be the increasingly frequent fighter jet encounters near Taiwan. Almost every day, Taiwanese fighter pilots hop in their US-made F-16s to intercept Chinese warplanes screaming past their territory. The encounters probe the nation’s defenses and force the pilots on both sides to avoid mistakes that could lead to a crisis that spins out of control. “I didn’t know whether they would fire at me,” said retired colonel Mountain Wang, recounting a tense five-minute confrontation he had with Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) jets more than a decade
INCREASINGLY EMBOLDENED: China can no longer be dismissed as inexperienced, demonstrating an ability to coordinate land and sea missile systems, an expert said Beijing’s largest-ever exercises around Taiwan have offered essential clues into its plans for a grueling blockade in the event of an attack on Taiwan, and revealed an increasingly emboldened Chinese military, experts said. The visit to Taiwan by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi — second in line to the presidency — sparked outrage from Beijing, which launched vast military maneuvers around the nation, even at the risk of partially exposing its plans to the US and its Asian allies. Mobilizing fighter planes, helicopters and warships, the drills aim to simulate a blockade of Taiwan and include practicing an “attack on