Taiwan authorities have got the country’s COVID-19 outbreak mostly under control. However, in order to better prevent the Delta variant from entering Taiwan’s borders, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) is taking more serious measures.
A man arrives in hospital. He’s not here to get vaccinated, but to donate blood. However, in order to avoid another outbreak of COVID-19 in Taiwan, the CECC has decided to impose five new measures. The first is that health authorities will conduct serology tests on 5,000 random samples of blood donated between April and July of this year. They will check for antibodies against COVID-19 to determine how many people in Taiwan are infected.
The second measure will increase the number of inspection sites at wastewater treatment plants from 11 sites to 22. That will allow authorities to detect a rise in infections in the community earlier and more accurately.
The CECC’s third measure is to increase inspections at the border on imports of frozen meat, seafood products and fruits.
The fourth measure calls for rapid COVID test kits to be available at clinics in residential communities. It will be up to doctors to decide whether patients’ conditions require them to self-screen at home.
Lastly, the fifth measure will require high-risk employees at Taiwan’s four international airports in Taoyuan, Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung to undergo rapid tests every seven days.
With the enhanced measures, Taiwan hopes to keep its population safe and the Delta variant at bay.