Daily Caseload May Exceed 1,000 by Month-end: Chen 陳時中:北北基桃高風險 日增千例將有可能

Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung said that the daily caseload may reach 1,000 by the end of the month with the way of situation is developing. Chen also described Taipei, New Taipei City, Keelung, and Taoyuan as high-risk areas for infection.


New Taipei City has rolled out a home quarantine plan for COVID-19 patients with mild or asymptomatic cases. As part of the plan, city personnel check up with people quarantined at home to inquire about their health and show care. The city government has upgraded its quarantine and isolation care center to at-home COVID-19 care and concern center, and its 29 district offices have simultaneously established district-level care centers to assist those confined to their homes.

Hou Yu-ih, Mayor, New Taipei City: “When we receive notifications about cases, we will conduct health evaluations, and then determine whether special arrangements are needed for people with chronic diseases. ”

The central government is also preparing to launch its home quarantine plan for people aged 65 or under with mild or asymptomatic cases. The medications these people require will be delivered by pharmacists.

Huang Chin-shun, Chair, Federation of Taiwan Pharmacists Association: “The medications will be delivered to peoples' homes in 24 hours, regardless of what methods the pharmacists at NHI-affiliated pharmacies use. They will take pictures as well as call the recipients to explain how to use the medications.”

Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung said on April 12 that the current high-risk areas are Taipei, New Taipei City, Keelung, and Taoyuan, and there are so many transmission chains of unknown origin in the first two cities. He also said that based on the current progression, the daily caseload may exceed 1,000 by the end of April. There have been numerous complaints about the unavailability and high cost of at-home rapid test kits. Chen promised the price will be reduced to under NT$200.

Chen Shih-chung, Minister of Health and Welfare: “In the future, if we begin purchasing or requisitioning, we hope that this price will be within a reasonable range. However, the original price is completely the result of market mechanisms.”

Chen said the 200,000 free test kits handed out to Keelung residents identified 44 infections, 38 of which were confirmed by PCR tests. Contact was made with the other three high-risk areas on April 11 to ask them if they want to apply for test kits.
 

 

 

 

拿起電話,確認在家居隔民眾的最新健康狀況並進行關懷,這是新北市正在進行的居家照護計畫,市府除將檢疫隔離關懷中心升級為Covid-19居家照護關懷中心,29區公所也同步成立區級關懷中心,在第一時間來協助居家照護者的相關生活事務。

新北市長侯友宜表示:「有慢性病的人在之前要做分流,我們接到確診的時候,就要做好健康評估分析。」

疫情指揮中心規劃的65歲以下輕症、無症狀確診者的居家照護也即將啟動,未來確診者在家隔離需要用的藥品也要由藥師來幫忙遞送。

藥師公會全聯會理事長黃金舜說明:「不管健保藥局的藥師用什麼方法,24個小時內一定要送到這個民眾的家裡門口,拍照並且打電話給民眾當場教導他,如何使用這個藥物。」

本土疫情嚴峻,衛福部長陳時中上午在廣播節目表示,目前包括北北基桃是屬於高風險區域、雙北的不明感染源較多,以現階段這個疫情發展趨勢來看,4月底單日新增千例確診數是有可能發生的,至於外界反應快篩試劑買不到、費用貴,他則保證會越來越便宜,價格會降低到200元以下。

衛福部長陳時中指出:「未來我們如果開始啟動我們的購買或徵用的時候,我們會希望說這個價格在一個合理的範圍之內,但是原來這個價格,那是完全是一個市場的機制所形成的。」

陳時中表示,北北基桃已列入高風險區域,日前基隆的愛心篩檢效果不錯,發了快20萬快篩試劑,篩出44人陽性,經由PCR篩檢揪出38人,有助社區防疫,11日晚間已與其他高風險的3縣市聯繫,希望他們也提出申請。

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