TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The head of Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) warned on Tuesday, Sept. 7, that a return to level 3 restrictions could be possible if an outbreak in New Taipei schools doesn’t is brought under control.
On Monday (September 6), the CECC confirmed that cluster infection among EVA Air pilots was caused by the Delta variant of COVID-19, while the center said on Tuesday that it was “very likely” that one Outbreak in a New Taipei kindergarten was precipitated by the Delta Tribe. When asked by the media whether epidemic prevention measures would be tightened, Health Minister and CECC chief Chen Shih-chung (陳 時 中) said there was currently no plan to move to a Level 3 warning, but he said it did be possible if the New Taipei outbreak is not brought under control.
As of Tuesday, 315 people had been isolated and tested after coming into contact with two EVA Air cargo aircraft pilots, case numbers 16.119 and 16.120, who were found to be infected with the Delta variant.
In addition, a cluster infection broke out at a kindergarten in New Taipei City at the weekend. The cluster appears to have started with a husband (Case No. 16.128) and a wife (Case No. 16.129) in the Tucheng District of New Taipei.
The woman who is a kindergarten teacher appears to have transmitted the virus to her students. The cluster has now risen to 16 cases and 411 contacts, 362 of which are isolated and 49 are self-managed.
Chen said New Taipei City is mimicking the way Taoyuan City tightened its Level 2 restrictions to deal with the EVA Air pilot cluster. Actions include interrupting classes at six schools, conducting epidemiological surveys, and testing contacts.