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Taipei City Hospital to impose new entry controls from Jan. 20

Medical facilities in capital on alert as hospital cluster in Taoyuan worsens

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People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk in Taipei.

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk in Taipei. (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei City Hospital (TCH) public system will tighten entry restrictions starting Wednesday (Jan. 20) as Taiwan sees an increase of coronavirus cases following a cluster outbreak related to a northern hospital.

Visiting hours for the Zhongxing, Renai, Heping Fuyou, Yangming, Zhongxiao, and Kunming branches of the TCH system will be restricted to 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. and for the Songde campus, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., according to the TCH.

Each group of visitors will be limited to two members, and they must not exhibit respiratory symptoms or fever in order to be allowed entry. Virtual visits are advised to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmissions, said the hospital.

All individuals entering the TCH campuses are required to wear a mask and present identity documents. They are also urged to provide information regarding their travel history, occupation, contact history, and cluster risk.

National Taiwan University Hospital, the country’s top medical institution, has also introduced partial entry bans, which started Tuesday (Jan. 19). Advance online registration is mandatory for those who plan to visit patients at the hospital, according to the hospital.

Taiwan added four more domestic COVID cases on Tuesday, bringing the Taoyuan General Hospital cluster to nine infections. As of Tuesday, the country has recorded 868 cases, including 65 domestic ones.


Updated : 2021-03-06 11:02 GMT+08:00