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New Taipei mayor calls for more COVID-19 testing

Rapid screening stations in city have tested nearly 50,000 people, with positive rate of 1.9%

New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi

New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — New Taipei Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) on Thursday (June 10) called for people living in the city's COVID-19 hot spots to undergo rapid testing for the disease after the city reported 112 new cases on Thursday (June 10).

To date, New Taipei City has reported a total of 5,288 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the most in the country.

The mayor said that participating in rapid testing is the easiest way to maintain the line of defense against the disease, as testing and diagnosis help to stop the chain of infection.

No one should feel ashamed or stigmatized for taking part in rapid screening, as prevention is better than cure, the mayor said. He encouraged all New Taipei residents to go to the 37 community rapid screening stations and be tested.

“This is a highly important matter,” Hou said, adding that the city government welcomes everyone to come out and get tested and is not afraid of a high number of positives.

Local rapid screening stations across the city have so far tested 47,487 people, with a positive rate of 1.9 percent, the mayor added.

Updated : 2021-06-17 14:55 GMT+08:00