Taiwan prepares fresh measures to counter coronavirus

Stricter border controls likely to feature prominently among mid-November measures

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CECC chief Chen Shih-chung (second from right) prepares a new package of measures against the COVID-19 pandemic 

CECC chief Chen Shih-chung (second from right) prepares a new package of measures against the COVID-19 pandemic  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — With the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic registering a renewed surge in Europe, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday (Oct. 16) it was preparing a new package of preventive measures for November.

As winter approaches, the public needs to be ready for stricter border control and domestic measures depending on the evolution of the pandemic, CECC chief Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at a news conference.

He noted that a second wave has erupted in Europe, while the pandemic shows no signs of abating in the United States, CNA reported. As the number of imported cases in Taiwan is also rising gradually, there is a strong possibility of a second wave reaching the island nation as well.

In an effort to prevent a worsening of the situation, the CECC would announce a new package of measures in mid-November, Chen said. Strict border controls are likely to be included, and the severity of domestic restrictions depends on local developments, he stated.

In any event, the minister said he would look for the most effective but least obstructive ways of fighting the virus, recommending that members of the public continue wearing masks and washing their hands frequently.

The CECC confirmed four new imported cases Friday, all of them students recently arrived from Indonesia.