Taiwan premier rejects need for emergency decrees over coronavirus pandemic

Only necessary if virus spins out of control or if international economic situation becomes too strained: Su

Premier Su Tseng-chang at the Legislative Yuan Tuesday March 24 

Premier Su Tseng-chang at the Legislative Yuan Tuesday March 24  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The time has not yet arrived to issue emergency decrees over the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and it is to be hoped they will never be needed, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Tuesday (March 24).

The premier was responding to questions from opposition lawmakers at the Legislative Yuan. The previous day, Taiwan’s number of confirmed coronavirus patients reached a total of 195, including two deaths recorded earlier.

Su said there were two conditions for which he could imagine emergency decrees: if it became impossible to react satisfactorily to an international economic situation or if the epidemic suddenly surged past a certain level, CNA reported. He added he hoped such situations would not occur.

If Taiwan is winning praise globally for its approach to the pandemic, it is because it prepared for developments step by step from the start, Su said. The Legislative Yuan also helped by approving special measures and passing a special relief budget to soften the impact of the virus.