Taiwan to add 7 days of self-monitoring to home quarantine, home isolation

Too many people testing positive after ending their 14 days of home quarantine or isolation: CECC

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Waiting for bus in Taipei April 4. 

Waiting for bus in Taipei April 4.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Due to the rising number of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, people who end their 14 days of home isolation or home quarantine will now have to add seven days of self-monitoring, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) decided Saturday (April 4).

According to the latest statistics, on Friday (April 3), there are 2,500 people under home quarantine and 33,000 in home isolation, with people returning to their normal lives at a rate of 2,000 to 3,000 per day, CNA reported.

However, the number of people seeking medical treatment and testing positive for the coronavirus after ending their 14 days of isolation has been increasing, said CECC chief and Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中).

The health authorities will also take a closer look at coronavirus symptoms during the home isolation or home quarantine period. On Saturday, the CECC added diarrhea as a potential symptom to a list that includes fever, chills, a dry cough, and losing one's senses of smell and taste.

During the added seven days of self-monitoring, people are advised to avoid visiting crowded areas and to wear a mask outside the home at all times.

Earlier Saturday, the CECC announced that seven more people had been diagnosed with the coronavirus, bringing the total for Taiwan to 355, including five deaths.