Central Epidemic Command Center upgraded to Level 1

Premier Su Tseng-chang (CNA file photo)

The government has upgraded the Central Epidemic Command Center to Level 1, which is the highest level. That’s to better coordinate efforts and resources to contain the new coronavirus COVID-19.


Taiwan has 32 confirmed infections, including one death.


Premier Su Tseng-chang said Thursday that Taiwan has only seen sporadic cases of community infection, all which have been household infections. But he said it’s better to err on the side of caution.


The premier has directed every government agency to set up a COVID-19 task force, which will be supervised by each agency’s deputy head.


Taiwan’s government has budgeted NT$60 billion (US$2 billion) to deal with the impact of COVID-19. Under a special budget passed Thursday, NT$1.82 billion (US$60.6 million) will be spent on compensation for people who are placed in quarantine.


As it’s hard to predict the number of people who will be placed in quarantine, affected individuals are likely to receive anywhere between NT$800 and 1,000 (US$26 to 33) per day. The exact figure will be decided by March 10.

News Source:RTI
Editor:Paula Chao