Taiwan reported 13,804 local COVID infections on Thursday, as cases start declining in the country. Last week, the total number of infections was 13.8% lower than the previous week. And this Monday saw less than 10,000 reported cases for the first time in more than 300 days. Health officials say the mask mandate in schools will be lifted on March 6. Moving forward, if the COVID situation remains stable, it may do away with isolation for COVID patients as early as the end of the month. Let’s hear from the CECC.
It’s been more than 300 days, since last April that we saw such a low case load. We have discussed the matter of removing self-isolation periods for COVID patients for more than a month. There are a lot of matters to be discussed on the administrative front, and we must communicate with many government agencies. We’ve been working on this all along. If the COVID situation is stable, we would remove self-isolation periods as soon as possible.
The head of the CECC said the lifting of all relevant COVID rules will be carried out in three phases. The first is to remove self-isolation periods and stop requiring reports of patients with mild symptoms. The second is to reassign specialized wards at health centers and ease any relevant regulations. The final phase will be to downgrade COVID to a Category IV communicable disease and dissolve or downgrade the CECC.