CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 telemedicine services to stay open over LNY holiday

01/19/2023 05:54 PM
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File photo courtesy of Taipei Medical University Hospital
File photo courtesy of Taipei Medical University Hospital

Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday said that those who catch COVID-19 during the Jan. 20-29 Lunar New Year (LNY) holiday can make appointments for teleconsultations and access health counseling services via 24-hour hotlines.

People who test positive for COVID-19 or demonstrate flu-like symptoms can make use of the services and gain access to antiviral drugs and other medications from at least 192 hospitals, said Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞), deputy head of the CECC's medical response division.

With the daily number of confirmed cases dropping, more than half the beds at most hospitals across the nation are available for COVID-19 patients, Lo said.

However, the CECC has also instructed hospitals to allocate 5 percent of beds for use by COVID-19 patients at all times in case of emergency, Lo added.

People should check the website of their local health authority or a directory on the website of the Centers for Disease Control for information on hospitals offering online appointments and dedicated telephone lines for health counseling, Lo said.

However, information provided on the websites is only available in Chinese.

(By Shen Pei-yao, Chen Chieh-ling and Sean Lin)

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