Taiwan Reports over 20K New Domestic Cases on Aug. 7 昨本土病例較上週日增4.5% 北市出現緩升

Taiwan reported over 20,000 new domestic cases of COVID-19 on Aug. 7, an increase of 900-plus cases or 4.5 percent from the previous Sunday. One doctor says BA.5 is likely spreading in Taipei already while another says it wouldn't be a bad thing if BA.5 "arrived" earlier than expected.

Taiwan reported over 21,000 new domestic cases of COVID-19 on Aug. 7, an increase of 4.5 percent from the previous Sunday. One doctor says rising numbers in Taipei could mean BA.5 is already spreading in the city.

Huang Li-min, Honorary Chair, Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan: “If the (case) count is going up in Taipei, it could be a sign that Taipei's epidemic prevention measures and herd immunity are not working as well.”

Chiang Kuan-yu, Integrative Care Doctor, Taipei City Hospital: “The higher the level of urbanization, the higher the level of infectiousness. So, it will definitely start with Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, and Taoyuan.”

Another expert says it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing if BA.5 starts spreading earlier than expected as it would then also peak and abate sooner, hopefully before flu season in the fall and winter.

Hwang Kao-pin, Vice Superintendent, Infection Control Center, CMUH: “If BA.5 spreads quickly through the community and the majority of people get it, border controls can be lifted sooner.”

Experts say the best forms of prevention are washing hands, wearing a mask, and staying away from public places. In addition, everyone over 50 should get at least four vaccine doses while children over six months should get vaccinated as soon as possible as well.