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Woman Dies After Being Electrocuted 高雄大雨觸電女子 經搶救後昨晚不治

A Kaohsiung woman has died after being electrocuted outside a post office. The city government asked an independent party to test the voltage at the site where the accident occurred. The woman's family says it may apply for state compensation. In Pingtung, a construction worker died after being a retaining wall collapsed.There is a current. It's live.A woman has died after being electrocuted outside the Sanmin post office in Fengshan District. Technicians on site found a current running through a street lamp even when the electricity was turned off.City Government Official vs. Parking Lot Operator:" (They're wrong.) No, they're not. They said there was electricity leakage. They said there was electricity leakage."Chu Kuan-fu, Road Lamp Engineering Section Chief, Kaohsiung City:"We are conducting tests. We are looking at the electric potential on the exterior. (Was that the cause of the accident? What are you looking at?) We don't know what happened yet. Our technicians are looking into it."A technician on the crew says the presence of electricity doesn't mean electricity is leaking. The victim's family says it may apply for state compensation. The Kaohsiung City Government says it will assist the family.Family Member of Victim:"My sister had just gotten off work and was heading home. It was raining, and now she's dead. At the very least, you have to tell us how she died, right? We are talking about human life here."Over in Pingtung, the collapse of a retaining wall killed a construction worker and injured another.Voice of Hog Breeder:"It's very shallow. It just happened that the (workers) were down there when the collapse occurred and they got pinned underneath."A local hog breeder says the workers were working on a wastewater treatment pond. The county government has ordered a work stoppage.「外殼有帶電,外殼帶電喔!」重回高雄鳳山三民郵局前,女子觸電送醫的現場,專業技師拿儀器檢測,一度有量到停電狀態下,路燈某些線路有電力反應。市府官員 vs. 停車場老闆表示:「 (他講錯了。) 沒有錯,他是說漏電啊,他是說漏電啊!」高市工務局養工處路燈工程科長 朱官富表示:「送電後(測試),他就是外殼最低的電位。(目前造成這件事情的主因,朝哪個方向去看?) 現在技師還在查,還不知道。」技師解釋,有電力不代表就是漏電。綜合結果還是要等測完才能判斷,但觸電送醫的女子,22號晚間死亡,後續家屬不排除申請國賠,市府表示一切等第三單位檢測結果,但會全力協助家屬。死者家屬表示:「我妹這樣好好地下班回去,就一場雨,就這樣子人不見了。你總要告訴我,她什麼原因造成的吧?對不對!那是一條人命啊!」而前幾日大雨,屏東一處工地,也疑似因土石鬆軟擋土牆崩落,2名工人被壓住,一人到院前沒有生命跡象。養豬業者表示:「那淺淺的,就是人蹲下去,剛好人蹲著,蹲著就剛好垮下來,就把他壓住。」養豬業者說,現場是為了廠內的污水處理池,才發包給工人施工,目前已確定一名50歲的工人死亡,縣府勞工處也勒令停工。

Kindergartens, Daycare Centers in Taichung Ready to Reopen  警戒降級 中市首波開放幼園.托嬰.社福.長照

Kindergartens, Daycare Centers in Taichung Ready to Reopen 警戒降級 中市首波開放幼園.托嬰.社福.長照

Kindergartens, daycare centers and social welfare centers including nursing homes in Taichung will lead the way in reopening on the 27th. Taichung City Mayor Lu Shiow-yen stressed that the city will take a careful progressive approach in relaxing COVID restrictions.In Taichung City, kindergartens, and daycare centers are getting ready to reopen on the 27th. Teachers are busy setting up UV lamps in the classrooms and disinfecting tables and chairs with rubbing alcohol. Strict COVID-19 preventative measures are followed.Kindergarten teacher:"Teachers will be at the entrance taking children's temperature and cleaning their hands with disinfectant sprays before other teachers lead the children to their classrooms (without parents accompanying)."As the current Level 3 Alert will be downgraded on the 27, Taichung City plans to first reopen kindergartens, daycare centers and social welfare centers including nursing homes. Taichung City Mayor Lu Shiow-yen arrived at a kindergarten for inspection. She emphasized that citizens should still abide by the same COVID prevention rules despite the downgrade of the current Level 3 Alert.Lu Shiow-yen, Taichung City Mayor:"We are not lifting COVID restrictions for the sake of lifting them so our lives can just go back to normal; we hope to make steady progress by relaxing these restrictions one step at a time."Lu also said that kindergartens and related institutions that wish to reopen after the central government makes an official announcement of COVID alert downgrade would have to apply first and to pass the government's inspection before they can do so. The Taichung City Education Bureau said that there are 765 kindergartens registered in the city, and 92 percent of teachers hired have been vaccinated. Those who haven't had a chance to get vaccinated will be required to provide negative rapid test results.Yang Chen-sheng, Director-General, Education Bureau, Taichung:"Teachers have to be vaccinated with at least one dose. Those who have not yet been able to receive vaccination would be asked to provide a negative rapid test result that was performed within three days."Taichung resident:"We don't go out really. We just stay at home to take care of our kids, we don't get to go out."Some parents have been longing to send children back to school for proper learning and longing to have some relief from take care of their children all day long. The Taichung City Government again stresses to the public that although COVID restrictions are gradually being lifted, people should still practice proper preventative measures to avoid getting sick.拿著酒精消毒課桌椅,一旁還有紫外線消毒燈預備著,疫情相對趨緩,台中市的幼兒園在27號將開園復課,老師全面動員加強消毒,防疫措施也比之前更嚴。幼兒園教師表示:「會有老師在正門口,直接幫忙量體溫跟噴手。然後我們就會有個老師,帶進來(家長不入內)。」台中市從27號開始,包括幼兒園,托嬰中心以及社福,和長照機構,將會率先開放。市長盧秀燕就先來幼兒園了解整備狀況。但強調降級不是解封,而是得遵守防疫規定。台中市長 盧秀燕表示:「我們不會為解封而解封,我們採取穩健式的鬆綁,漸進式解封,要小心翼翼。」盧秀燕指出,中央降級後,幼兒園等機構還是需提出申請,會勘審查通過後才能開放。教育局表示,目前全台中市有765家公私立幼兒園,教師疫苗接種率已經有九成二,如果來不及打疫苗,教師也得要有快篩證明。台中市教育局長 楊振昇表示:「施打第一劑疫苗(或是還沒打的),他們就要提供三天以內的快篩陰性證明。」民眾表示:「每天都不能出去呀!都只能在家裡(帶小孩)呀!都不能出去呀!」民眾希望復課可以緩解帶孩子的壓力,也讓孩子回歸正常學習。市府強調就算降級,還是有原則性和漸進式開放,防疫作為還是不能少。

CECC Announces to Lower Restrictions to Level 2 on July 27 7/27警戒降級不解封 部分行業可望管制鬆綁

CECC Announces to Lower Restrictions to Level 2 on July 27 7/27警戒降級不解封 部分行業可望管制鬆綁

As Level 3 restrictions will expire soon, some domestic experts say Taiwan will only see more outbreaks unless 65 percent of people have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. They also urge restaurants to not only lower capacity, but also ensure adequate air circulation.Taiwan's vaccine coverage rate is still just 24.35 percent, but businesses want Level 3 restrictions to be lifted for good on July 26. Domestic experts say 65 percent of people need to be fully vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.Voice of Huang Li-min, Honorary Chair, Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan:"Mass COVID-19 outbreaks will continue unless 75 to 80 percent of the population have received both doses of the vaccine. At the very minimum, the coverage rate has to be 65 percent."Although restaurants have been allowed to resume limited on-site dining, public health experts say ensuring adequate air circulation is more important than anything else. Experts say the Central Epidemic Command Center's requirement for partitions between tables doesn't do much and mechanical air circulation is more important.Chen Jia-kun, Professor, College of Public Health, NTU:"A precondition for the resumption of on-site dining should be mechanical air circulation. Fans should not face the same side. The best option is to keep all your doors and windows open and installing an exhaust fan over your window. There's no point installing an exhaust fan by the door if the door is open."In response to foreign reports that the virus can survive for up to a month in the fecal matter longer than in the respiratory tract or serum -- domestic experts say independent drainage systems can help stop community transmission. In addition, anti-viral plants like mint can be placed both indoors and outdoors to improve air quality and suppress transmission.新冠本土疫情趨於穩定,加上疫苗覆蓋率已達24.35%,劑次人口比25.10%,7月26號將從三級警戒降級,部分行業可望鬆綁,對此,國內專家表示,要控制疫情,民眾需打完2劑疫苗,至少有六成五民眾產生保護力,才能達到群體免疫。台灣感染症醫學會名譽理事長 黃立民表示:「七成五到八成的人,都打完2劑呢,才比較有把握是65%的人有保護力。那這種情況呢,才能讓病毒的傳播,可以變慢或是被阻擋。」雖然指揮中心提出隔板、梅花座、個人套餐等配套措施,有條件開放餐廳內用,但公衛專家認為,改善通風換氣措施最重要,因為桌子放隔板,其實對於防範新冠病毒效果不大,必須要善用機械通風,才能減少環境染疫風險。台大公衛學院教授 陳佳堃表示:「前提是要有機械通風,那機械通風,儘量不要把兩個通風扇擺在同一側。最好是,你門打開 有窗可以開窗,在窗上面再加一個排風扇,可是不要在門旁邊裝個排風扇。因為門旁邊,你開了門,裝了排風扇,你就沒有用了。」此外國內外研究發現,新冠病毒可存在患者糞便檢體長達1個月,比呼吸道檢體和血液檢體更久,因此專家也建議,要建構獨立的汙水排水系統,有助於遏止社區病毒傳播;另外,也可在室內外擺置抗病毒的植栽,例如薄荷,不僅可改善空氣品質,也可抑制新冠病毒。