SMS Contact Tracing Enforced at Kaohsiung Markets 高雄至昨已50例確診 市府稽查實聯制

The number of COVID-19 cases in Kaohsiung reached 50 on Jan. 24. Inspections were carried out at traditional markets to ensure that people were wearing masks and scanning QR codes.


This is a traditional market in Kaohsiung's Gushan District. There are vendors both inside the market and in the surrounding area. To enter the market, including the surrounding area, people have to scan the contact tracing text messaging service's QR codes twice. Those who tried to force their way in were blocked.

“Please leave your contact information over here before entering.”The city government stepped up inspections on Jan. 25 to ensure that people were using the contact tracing text message service and that businesses were enforcing QR code scanning. It said violators would be fined a minimum of NT$3,000. A preliminary investigation showed that 95 percent of people and businesses were compliant. There were only a few violators.

Vendor: “(You're not even removing the cover?) No, no. (Why not?) For disease prevention. You have to do disease prevention well.”

Resident: “(Are you feeling more nervous than usual?) No, because the epidemic has been ongoing for a period of time.”

The city government also made sure eateries were compliant. It said that if it finds violators and they refuse to comply, then eating in will be banned. The city government also requested that every member of a party scan QR codes because sometimes the system produces garbled characters instead of the complete information if people scan in groups.

Pan Chao-ying (Jan. 24, 2022), Senior Specialist, Dept. of Health, Kaohsiung City: “When people scan in groups, garbled characters are produced. If everyone has a phone, then everyone should scan the code.”

The epidemic situation is worsening, and Kaohsiung has banned eating in at chain restaurants. Starting on Jan. 23, eating in was also banned at other eateries. People can only pick up food themselves or have it delivered. These measures are expected to be in effect for two weeks, and then adjusted depending on the epidemic situation.

 

 

 

 

來到高雄鼓山第一市場 ,當地有外圍攤商也有市場內的攤販。若要進市場內,包括外圍實聯制在內要掃兩次,卻有民眾想硬闖被攔阻。

市府從25日起,加強實聯制稽查強度,呼籲民眾與店家配合,若違規將處3千元以上罰鍰。初步稽查發現,9成5以上民眾與店家都符合規定,只剩零星疏忽狀況。

記者問:「布都沒有拿下來嗎? 」攤商表示:「對對,防疫呀,防疫要做好。」

記者詢聞民眾對於防疫這塊是否感到緊張? 民眾說:「不會,現在因為疫情已經延燒一段時間了。」

餐飲業實聯制更是要求重點,市府強調若違規勸告不聽,會禁止內用。而掃實聯制時,市府也建議民眾各自掃碼,因為坊間常見的實聯制加人數的方式,會顯示亂碼,無法呈現完整資料。

高市衛生局簡任技正潘炤穎說:「幾個人這個部份就不會顯示,反而是成為亂碼,每個民眾手上如果有手機的話,每個人都掃。」

面對疫情升溫,高雄也有連鎖餐廳率先禁止內用,23日起,門市都不開放內用,只能外帶或外送。初步規劃實施兩個星期,後續看疫情狀況調整。

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