Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je and Deputy Mayor Huang Shan-shan announced on Monday that Taipei will not upgrade its current epidemic prevention measures despite the recent outbreak since there aren’t any infection cases with unidentified sources found.
The announcement was made in response to the recent cluster involving the Novotel Taipei and CAL pilots, as two of the infected patients had been to restaurants and traveled on public transportation in the city prior to being tested positive for the disease.
Deputy Mayor Huang Shan-shan said that only when domestic infected cases with unclear sources were found will the protocol be upgraded to leveled up to grade 1.
However, according to the CECC, there aren’t such cases found in the recent cluster, therefore the epidemic prevention measures will remain the same.
Ko emphasized that vaccination will better help contain the disease, however considering there won’t be enough vaccines to be imported in the foreseeable future, the city government can only carry on with its current strategy that had been effective last year.
Regardless, Ko promised to keep a close eye on any changes to the status quo.
As for the upcoming Mother’s Day and Eid al-Fitr, Ko said that unless the current situation worsens, events will still be hosted as planned.