Taipei City Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang canceled all her appointments after being confirmed with COVID-19. Meanwhile, Transportation and Communications Minister Wang Kwo-tsai is also quarantining at home after someone in his household tested positive.
Taipei City Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang headed to Muzha Depot on May 10 to inspect a test run of a "disease prevention emergency outpatient service." One day later, she posted on Facebook that she had tested positive in a rapid test. She added that after two years of handling disease prevention work, she at last is getting to know what it's like to coexist with the virus, and that she has finally met the "enemy" that she has spent day and night thinking about. Huang is isolating for seven days but will attend meetings virtually. She will also continue the nightly review meetings with district-level care centers.
Chen Chih-han, Spokesperson, Taipei City Government: “Deputy Mayor Huang notified the mayor during this morning's meeting that she took a rapid test after feeling itchiness in her throat and that it came back positive. The mayor also took a rapid test immediately after the meeting ended, which was negative. The mayor and deputy mayor will in principle hold meetings online. During past meetings, they wore masks the entire time and maintained social distancing.”
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je has tested negative. Meanwhile, Transportation and Communications Minister Wang Kwo-tsai started isolating on May 11 after someone in his household tested positive. The result of Wang's PCR test is pending. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications said Wang tested negative in a rapid test and his schedule for May 11 has been canceled. A meeting with a Taiwan Railways union on May 13 may be postponed. The epidemic situation continues worsening, and National Taiwan University's College of Public Health said Taiwan's case curve is similar to that of New Zealand and a comparison shows that Taiwan will now be entering the so-called "Omicron adaptation period."
Chen Hsiu-hsi, Professor, College of Public Health, NTU: “The number of cases will start descending after a period of time in this adaptation period. During this time, decision making, medical treatment providers, and the public will achieve a so-called adaptive epidemic curve, which will be in line with the so-called endemic influenza in the world in the future.”
Hung Tzu-jen, Deputy Superintendent, Shin Kong Memorial Hospital: “We should set aside some PCR testing capacity for high-risk groups and people aged 65 and older. As soon as they develop symptoms, they can take a PCR test so they can get medication promptly.”
Medical professionals say the international experience shows that triaging mild and severe cases is needed to reduce the mortality rate of high-risk individuals during the peak Omicron period. Meanwhile, the experience in Israel shows people aged 60 and above can get a fourth vaccine dose to reduce the risk of developing severe symptoms by fourfold.