A Grand Hotel chef tested positive along with two family members and a friend who lives in New Taipei City. So far, twenty contacts tested negative.
The 20th vaccination round began on Jan. 24. People arrived punctually for their appointments, while Taipei City Deputy Mayor Tsai Ping-kun headed to a vaccination site set up at East Metro Mall. Taipei intends to vaccinate 265,000 people during this round, but it only has sufficient supplies of the BNT and Medigen vaccines.
Tsai Ping-kun, Deputy Mayor, Taipei City: “Right now, we need to work hard to get the central government to supply us on time with (Moderna) vaccines for those 157,000 (people) who have booked appointments and based on this number. We conducted a survey, and there are 50 to 60 clinics that are willing to inoculate residents over the Lunar New Year on Feb. 4, 5, and 6.”
The central government's vaccination reservation system will be offline for seven days because of the holiday. Taipei therefore arranged for 50-plus clinics to vaccinate people starting on Feb. 4. The Department of Health is asking people to take at-home tests or go to testing sites if they develop respiratory symptoms. They should only go get treatment if they test negative. A Grand Hotel chef recently tested positive along with two family members and a friend who lives in New Taipei City's Luzhou District. Twenty contacts tested negative.
Hou Yu-ih, Mayor, New Taipei City: “Our rapid and accurate investigation and expanded testing in response to the Luzhou case identified 20 contacts, and they all tested negative. The situation is currently stable.”
New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih said that although there have been sporadic cases, contacts were immediately identified and tested. He added that the city can help its neighbors while protecting against the epidemic.