Experts Caution About "10+4" Quarantine Policy 春節返鄉檢疫10+4 專家憂恐掀本土疫情

The CECC announced adjustments to quarantine measures over the Lunar New Year period. Under the "10+4" policy, eligible travelers can spend the first 10 days at a quarantine hotel and the remaining four days at home.


Many people are expected to return to Taiwan for the Lunar New Year. The Central Epidemic Command Center announced revisions to its quarantine policy on Nov. 1. Under the "10+4" policy, travelers can spend the first 10 days of quarantine at a quarantine hotel and the remaining four days at home. This does not apply to arrivals from key high-risk countries, which are India, the UK, and Myanmar, who will still be required to complete a 14-day quarantine at centralized quarantine facilities. Doctors caution that this will put human nature to the test, because arrivals may not report symptoms or take tests once they're in the comfort of their own homes.

Huang Chien-hsien, Sec.-General, Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan:  “This will be a big test for human nature. Let's say someone who has returned home develops symptoms and tests positive. Since this will affect the rest of his trip as well as the timing of his departure, what will he do?”

Doctors also say that although all inbound travelers are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine, there are a small number of cases where the incubation period can last up to three weeks. People are expected to travel back and forth between the north and south over the holiday period, and any asymptomatic infected person could start an outbreak at the community level.

Huang Kao-pin, Dep. Superintendent, China Medical University Hospital: “The onset after infection is about seven days in 70 to 80 percent of the cases. Meanwhile, the onset is between the seventh and 14th day in 20 to 30 percent of infected people. The entire set of supporting measures needs a very strong mechanism for verification and penalization.”


Experts caution that the Lunar New Year period is a time of high migration. Those in quarantine need to take PCR tests before exiting. Experts advise a full vaccination coverage of at least 80 percent before border restrictions should be relaxed.

 

 

 

為因應春節返台人潮,疫情指揮中心公布新的檢疫措施,除了印度、英國及緬甸等重點高風險國家,入境須住集中檢疫所14天,其他國家入境者,則可採「10+4」方案,也就是前10天住防疫旅館,後4天在家居家檢疫,不過有醫師直言,這是人性大考驗,就怕入境者返家後,有症狀不通報也不篩檢。

台灣感染症醫學會秘書長黃建賢表示:「民眾返家之後萬一有症狀,那就可能是人性的大考驗,萬一如果說有症狀出現,那可能會被篩檢出來陽性的時候,一定勢必會影響到他後續的行程,甚至於是出國的行程。」

此外,也有醫師認為,雖然入境檢疫14天,但少數新冠病毒潛伏期、可長達三週,民眾在春節期間、南來北往更加頻繁,若出現無症狀感染者,還是有社區傳播風險。

中國醫藥大學附設醫院副院長黃高彬表示:「感染以後 差不多7天左右,差不多7、8成會發病,那7天到14天之間,還有2、3成的感染者,他可能會發病,整個配套措施來講,我們需要有很強烈的一個,查核跟處罰的機制。」

專家提醒,農曆春節返鄉潮、是人流移動高峰期,居家檢疫期滿前、必須落實PCR採檢。此外,在鬆綁邊境管制前,國人第二劑苗涵蓋率需達八成,才能降低病毒對社區的威脅。

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