Drop in local cases doesn’t equate to good news: Health minister

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taiwan Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) warned on Tuesday that a small drop in the number of local COVID-19 cases reported could just point to a lapse in reporting cases instead of an improvement of the situation.

Taiwan reported 240 local cases on Tuesday, down 93 cases from a day earlier.

Asked by reporters during the daily Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) briefing, Chen stressed that numbers should not be taken at face value.

Chen explained that Wanhua District saw a relatively large number of people undergoing rapid testing, with 11 percent testing positive on Friday, and then dropping to 7 percent testing positive on Monday.

Yet, the number of people waiting to be tested has not decreased.

Even though it looks like the number of people testing positive in Wanhua is shrinking, he stressed that it doesn’t necessarily mean that Taiwan is out of the woods.

Chen also called on the people not to go to medical centers for mild symptoms. If you tested positive, you will be treated, Chen added.

However, if the symptoms appear mild, the patient will be asked to move out to make room for those who need more medical attention, he continued.