Taiwan hospitals limit ward visitors to 2 per patient

02/26/2020 11:22 PM
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Photo courtesy of Hualien Mennonite Christian Hospital
Photo courtesy of Hualien Mennonite Christian Hospital

Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) Hospitals in Taiwan have set a limit on the number of visitors each patient can have during regulated visiting hours, as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.

Under the new temporary regulation that took effect Wednesday, only two visitors per patient are allowed during the specified visiting hours on general wards, and only one person -- including caregivers -- will be allowed to stay with the patient for an extended period of time, the CECC said.

Furthermore, all visitors to the wards are required to register their names, said Shih Chung-liang (石崇良), director-general of the Ministry of Health and Welfare's Department of Medical Affairs and a CECC official.

Hospitals are also designating separate entrances and exits for inpatients, outpatients and emergency room patients, to prevent hospital acquired infections of COVID-19, he said.

Shih said cleaning, security and maintenance staff at hospitals are required to follow the guidelines on infection controls, travel history records, temperature monitoring and the use of face masks on the job.

At the 134 hospitals nationwide designated for isolation of patients with communicable diseases, more units will be opened over the next week for the treatment of suspected COVID-19 cases, including patients with respiratory problems or pneumonia-like symptoms, he said.

(By Chang Ming-hsun and Evelyn Kao)


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