Authorities send coronavirus alert in Chinese, create more confusion

A screen-grab shows an alert message from the government on Feb. 7, 2020. (Courtesy of Mimi Hsin Hsuan Sun)
A screen-grab shows an alert message from the government on Feb. 7, 2020. (Courtesy of Mimi Hsin Hsuan Sun)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Did you get this? Do you know what it means?

Taiwan residents received an alert from the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) on Thursday evening that provided the time and locations of people on board the Diamond Princess Cruise when they visited Taiwan.

A link in the text opens a map with detailed locations.

This image is screenshot taken on Feb. 7, 2020. (Courtesy of Mimi Hsin Hsuan Sun.)
This image is screenshot taken on Feb. 7, 2020. (Courtesy of Mimi Hsin Hsuan Sun.)

The text advises those who had been to the same locations between 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 to avoid leaving their homes and take their temperature twice a day for 14 days.

Regretfully, the text was in Mandarin only, which created more confusion among the members and friends of the foreign community.

 

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