CECC rolls out new measures to prevent COVID-19 spread

The CECC rolled out new virus-prevention measures in bid to stop further spread of local infections. (Photo courtesy of NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) on Monday rolled out new measures to further prevent the spread of community infections following reports of another local infection earlier that day — the fourth from the new hospital cluster infection.

Speaking at a press conference, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced that the CECC will now establish a special team at the hospital and close all rooms the confirmed cases have allegedly visited.

In particular, all hospitalized patients will now be assigned one room per person and the areas while the areas visited by the infected doctors will be disinfected accordingly, Chen said.

Movements within the hospital will be strickly monitored with certain floors cordoned off for disinfecting. 

Medical experts will also be stationed within the hospital to assist and guide hospital staff in preventing the further spread of the virus.

Chen added that the hospital will not admit any more patients and visitations are temporarily canceled.

Also, each room is limited to one visitor who will need to sign his or her name and provide personal information for future contact-tracing reference, Chen explained.

Hospital staff is also encouraged to practice self-health management and alert health authorities should related symptoms appear, Chen said.