As Taiwan reported more than 10,000 daily cases for the first time, a self-reporting system would facilitate contact tracing, the health minister said.
By Chiu Chih-jou and Liu Tzu-hsuan / Staff Reporter, with Staff Writer and CNA
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced a self-reporting system for people who test positive for COVID-19, as local infections continue to rise, with the center reporting more than 10,000 cases for the first time. in a single day.
Under the system, which starts on Sunday, the government would alert anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 in a polymerase chain reaction test carried out at a hospital or clinic with a text message asking them to complete an online form. , said Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is the spokesperson for the CECC.
The message would include a one-time link allowing the recipient to provide information to determine if they are at risk of developing serious symptoms, such as if they are pregnant or on dialysis, he said.
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Additionally, they would provide close contact information, such as people they live, work or go to school with, he said.
The system would then send isolation notices to the close contacts provided, he added.
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, said those confirmed to have COVID-19 would first receive a phone call to verify their identity, followed by a SMS.
Parents or designated guardians must fill in information for children under 12, he said.
The self-declaration system can speed up the contact process with close contacts, he added.
Under the current system, contact information is collected directly by government staff from those who test positive. Critics say staff have been overwhelmed by an increase in local cases.
Yesterday’s 11,517 cases – 11,353 domestic infections and 164 among people arriving from overseas – was a new single-day high and the first time Taiwan has reported more than 10,000 daily cases.
The two deaths were a man in his 60s and a woman in her 60s, both unvaccinated. The man tested positive on Monday last week and the woman on Tuesday last week, and they died on Friday last week and Wednesday last week respectively.
The CECC also reported that 23 people had developed moderate symptoms of COVID-19 and three had developed severe symptoms.
Of the 51,663 domestic cases recorded nationwide from Jan. 1 to Wednesday, 142 were classified as having moderate symptoms and 17 as severe, accounting for 0.27 percent and 0.03 percent of the total, respectively.
All other cases had mild or no symptoms, the CECC said.
New Taipei City has reported the highest number of cases, with 4,552, followed by Taipei with 2,424, Taoyuan with 1,481, Taichung with 621 and Keelung with 504.
Kaohsiung reported 340 cases, Hualien County 303, Tainan 193, Yilan County 171, Hsinchu County 115, Hsinchu Town 113, Changhua County 103, Pingtung County 94, Taitung County 87, Yunlin County 83, county of Miaoli 63, Nantou County 42, Chiayi County 26 and Chiayi City 24.
Matsu has recorded six cases, while Penghu and Kinmen counties have reported four each.
Chen announced yesterday that Taiwan has signed a supply contract for the purchase of approximately 4 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
The order would consist of 1.8 million doses for adults and 2.2 million doses for children, he said, adding that the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine. -BioNTech COVID-19 for children aged 5-11.
Chen said he hopes the first batch of new Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines will arrive by the middle of next month.
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