CORONAVIRUS/Taipei closes more entertainment venues

Taipei-Taipei on Monday announced that more entertainment venues in the city would be closed, effective immediately, in the wake of rising domestic COVID-19 cases.

The venues include claw machine stores, board game cafes, shrimp fishing restaurants, and restaurants that include karaoke services, Taipei Deputy Major Huang Shan-shan (???) said at a press briefing.

Taipei already ordered on Friday the closure of other entertainment venues including bars, nightclubs, internet cafes, video game arcades, and hostess teahouses, as well as government-run institutions such as museums, libraries and sports centers.

The city also announced the closure of all schools at the high school level and below on Monday, as it grapples with a surge in domestic COVID-19 cases.

Taipei has recorded 336 domestic cases over the past three days, most of which have been linked to Wanhua District.

The city government has set up five rapid testing stations for COVID-19 in or near Wanhua, located at the Heping and Zhongxing branches of Taipei City Hospital, West Garden Hospital, Qingcao Square and at the Bopiliao Historic Block.

According to Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???), people receive both rapid tests and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for COVID-19 at these test sites.

Those whose rapid tests come back positive are sent to a government quarantine center or quarantine hotel to wait for their PCR test results. They are required to report where they visited and who they have been in contact with over the three days prior to taking the test, and to inform those contacts of their positive result, Ko said.

He called on Taipei residents to go into "voluntary lockdown" to curb the outbreak and urged the Ministry of Education to suspend all in-person classes at universities nationwide.

Taiwan on Monday confirmed 335 new cases of COVID-19, of which 333 were classified as domestic infections, breaking the daily record of local cases for the fourth consecutive day and pushing the total number of cases in the country past 2,000.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel