Infected Cases Could Reach 10,000 People Per Day 專家估未來恐日增萬人確診 當務之急減災

The number of confirmed domestic cases of COVID-19 exceeded 1,000 on the 15th. Experts predict it's possible the number of confirmed cases per day could reach the 10,000 level in the future. The top priority now is to prevent and reduce a major disaster.


Passengers arriving at the airport must undergo COVID-19 screening. However, there is a suspected epidemic prevention loophole. At 4:30 p.m. on April 12, 6 passengers from a foreign airline at Taoyuan International Airport were confirmed with the virus after undergoing screening. Because there were not enough ambulances, the confirmed patients waited at the airport for 8 hours before being transported to the centralized quarantine center for quarantine. The airport's ground staff are worried that this may increase the infection risk.

Reporter: “How long will it take? ”

Taoyuan Airport Ground Staff: “Not sure. If there's an ambulance available, the patient will be taken away immediately.”

Reporter: “The wait is long if there's no ambulance available. ”

Taoyuan Airport Ground Staff: “The patient just has to wait. ”

The number of confirmed domestic cases of COVID-19 exceeded 1,000 on the 15th, reaching a new record high. Experts estimate it is possible that even more than 10,000 people per day can be infected in the future. The top priority now is to reduce a major disaster. The elderly should get fully vaccinated. Antiviral drugs must be prepared so we can gradually coexist with the virus.

Huang Li-min, Honorary Chairperson, Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan: “You have to get vaccinated. If there is a problem, hurry up and see a doctor. Pay attention to personal hygiene. Wear a mask and wash your hands frequently. Once you're sick or suspected of being infected, hurry up and see a doctor.”

It has been reported that two reporters who attended the home care press conference held by New Taipei City Government on the 14th tested positive. Mayor Hou Yu-ih, CECC Commander Chen Shih-chung, and Spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang were all present. Hou immediately tested negative with a screening test. Chen and Chuang only needed to monitor their own health. This double standard has been questioned by others.

Huang Kao-pin, Deputy Director, Center for Infection Control, China Medical University Hospital: “There's an incubation period after being infected. In terms of the incubation period, it's normal to say that when symptoms appear, it means the patient's viral load has risen to a level where it should be easier to detect through a screening test.”

Experts emphasized that the increasing number of confirmed cases is inevitable. The Ministry of Health and Welfare has held medical response meetings with all counties and cities in Taiwan, and will start a Taiwan-wide home care plan as soon as next Monday. People with mild or asymptomatic symptoms can be quarantined and cared for at home. Details have not yet been finalized and will be officially announced by the Central Epidemic Command Center. 

 

 

 

旅客入境機場都須進行落地採檢,不過卻傳出疑似防疫漏洞。4月12日下午4時半,一架外籍航空抵達桃機後,落地採檢發現6名確診旅客,卻因為救護車不足,讓確診者在機場等候8小時,才被載往集中檢疫所隔離。地勤人員擔憂,恐怕增加染疫風險。

記者詢問桃機地勤人員大概要等多久? 地勤人員回答,「不一定啦,它有車子它就送走啦。」記者又問「沒有車子就等很久就對了」,地勤人員表示就再繼續等。

地勤人員緊張不是沒有原因,因為新冠本土疫情14日破800例,再創歷史新高。專家預估,未來每天新增千人或萬人都有可能,現在當務之急,是要減災,長者要把疫苗打好打滿,並備妥抗病毒藥物,才能漸漸與病毒共存。

台灣感染症醫學會名譽理事長黃立民說:「你就是要去打疫苗,如果有問題要趕快去診斷,然後要注意個人衛生、戴口罩、勤洗手。一旦生病,一旦懷疑自己被感染,趕快去看醫生。」

此外,新北市14日舉行居家照護記者會,傳出有兩名採訪記者陽性確診。當時市長侯友宜、疫情指揮中心指揮官陳時中、發言人莊人祥都有出席,侯友宜第一時間快篩陰性,但陳時中和莊人祥卻只需自我健康監測,引發外界質疑雙標。

中醫大附醫感染管制中心副院長黃高彬表示:「感染以後它會有一個潛伏期,潛伏期來講,正常他講如說,有症狀出現的時候,就表示他的病毒量已經升高到一個程度,做篩檢的話,應該就比較容易篩檢出來。」

專家強調,病例數增加是必然的,並透露衛福部已經與全台各縣市召開醫療應變會議,最快下週一啟動全台居家照護計畫,讓輕症或無症狀者在家隔離照護,但細節尚未定案,仍有待指揮中心正式公布。

 

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