Recent holidaymakers asked to undergo 14-day self-health management

TAIPEI (CNA) — Holidaymakers who visited crowded scenic spots or venues in Taiwan during the four-day Tomb Sweeping Festival last weekend should practice self-health management for 14 days and avoid public spaces to prevent community transmission of the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.

In addition, those persons should work at home if possible, practice proper social distancing and wear surgical masks when going outdoors, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, said at an ad hoc press briefing on COVID-19 preventive measures after the April 2-5 Tomb Sweeping holiday.

He also advised that if any of those holidaymakers feel unwell or develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay at home and call the toll free disease prevention hotline 1922.

The CECC is formulating a flexible work policy on remote work and flexible schedules, which will be issued soon, in an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 cluster infections in the wake of the four-day holiday, Chen said.

In particular, people who visited any of the 11 popular holiday sites on a list issued by the CECC should inform their superiors at work or teachers at school and should remain at home if possible, he said.

Chen said the CECC has asked medical institutions to expand COVID-19 testing to include people who may have visited any of the 11 sites during the April 2-5 Tomb Sweeping holiday.

The 11 scenic sites listed by the CECC are the Alishan National Forest Recreation Area; Dongdamen Night Market in Hualien County; Wenhua Road in Chiayi City; Bade Pond Ecological Park in Taoyuan; Singda Harbor and Chishan Old Street in Kaohsiung; Chaotian Temple in Yunlin County’s Beigang Township; Guanzihling, Hutoupi, and the Wushantou Reservoir and Wusanto Huching Resort Hotel in Tainan; and areas south of Nanzhou Township in Pingtung County, including Kenting National Park.