New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih said wearing a mask is just like getting another shot. Meanwhile, around 80,000 people made appointments in one hour for the booster dose in Taipei.
Store Employee: “After a customer passes by, we'll spray one more time. ”
Hou Yu-ih, New Taipei City Mayor: “Spray one more time with alcohol. Great, how about trying it out now, go on and spray.”
New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih carefully inspected the disease prevention measures at a hypermarket on Jan. 10 and made sure everything was up to standards. Hou said in light of the escalating Taoyuan International Airport cluster infection that the two weeks before the Lunar New Year will be the peak epidemic period. He didn't directly respond when asked if New Taipei City is planning to upgrade its disease prevention measures.
Hou Yu-ih, New Taipei City Mayor: “Wearing a mask is like getting another shot. If you got your third shot, then wearing a mask is like getting a fourth one. That's why you can't overlook the importance of masking up.”
New Taipei City has strengthened its disease prevention measures. Hypermarkets are no longer offering food samples, and there is a limit of one person per 2.25 square meters of space. Hou said the central government should offer rapid PCR tests to all incoming travelers and compile a list of high-risk countries. Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je also endorsed PCR tests upon entry.
Ko Wen-je, Taipei City Mayor: “About 68 percent test positive in the first test after entry. What this means is that if this 68 percent are stopped at the airport, they won't go to quarantine hotels where the ventilation systems aren't 100 percent and can become breaches.”
Taipei opened up for booster appointments on Jan. 10. Around 80,000 people made appointments in one hour, and the 110,000 available doses were booked by noon. Ko said medium-sized vaccination stations will be set up and those who didn't get appointments can start making them on Jan. 14.