CORONAVIRUS/Amid new COVID-19 cases, Taoyuan tightens prevention measures

04/30/2021 07:26 PM
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Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (front, center) at the Taoyuan Airport MRT A14a station. CNA photo April 30, 2021
Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (front, center) at the Taoyuan Airport MRT A14a station. CNA photo April 30, 2021

Taoyuan, April 30 (CNA) The Taoyuan City government will tighten face mask and other COVID-19 prevention measures after new cases were reported in the city in recent days, the city's mayor said Friday.

The city will strictly enforce the current rule that requires people to wear a face mask at public venues and gatherings and on public transportation through the end of May, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) said at a city council meeting.

Police in the city will be actively patrolling public areas to ensure that people were wearing masks.

The city will also cap the number of attendees allowed to attend indoor and outdoor events at 500 and 1,000, respectively, and continue to require people to leave their contact information when visiting government offices or attending public gatherings, the mayor said.

Taoyuan residents should also follow social distancing rules and avoid visiting popular places, especially on Mother's Day weekend, Cheng urged.

The announcement came as the city government finished the first round of contact tracing related to the infection of a local resident in his 70s, who was confirmed as having COVID-19 on Wednesday, the mayor said.

Another round of checks of people who came in contact with the man still has to be done, and Cheng estimated that nearly 200 people will have to be quarantined after the checks are completed.

Earlier Friday, Cheng visited the Taoyuan Airport MRT's A14a station by the Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport hotel, where four employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since Thursday.

CNA graphic April 30, 2021
CNA graphic April 30, 2021

He said the city is planning to disinfect the 51-kilometer metro line linking Taipei and Taoyuan in two days.

Some 412 employees and guests of the hotel have been moved to quarantine centers after the first COVID-19 case of an employee there, a Taiwanese man in his 40s, was reported on Thursday.

The man is being treated for pneumonia in an intensive care unit, while three of his colleagues was confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus on Friday.

After health authorities complete their investigation into the infections and disinfect the premises, the hotel will stay closed for another 14 days before it reopens, the mayor said.

Meanwhile, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport closed its basement food court at Terminal 2 for disinfection after it was notified by the Taoyuan Department of Public Health of multiple visits made by a possible COVID-19 patient Friday afternoon.

The food court will reopen at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the airport said.

On Friday, Taiwan reported three domestic cases -- all airport hotel employees -- and four imported cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,128 since the outbreak began early in 2020.

Of the total, 12 have died, while 63 are isolated for treatment in the hospital.

(By Yeh Chen and Kay Liu)

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