Taiwan Coronavirus News

Friday 2/21/2020

Coronavirus Cases in Taiwan

Taiwan's confirmed cases of coronavirus:


How does this number compare with other locations?

75,466 Mainland China; 634 Others; 156 South Korea; 97 Japan; 85 Singapore; 68 Hong Kong; 35 Thailand; 26 Taiwan; 22 Malaysia; 16 Germany; 16 Vietnam; 16 US; 15 Australia; 12 France;

(Johns Hopkins CSSU)

Is Taiwan's count more or less than yesterday?

An increase of 2.  These two cases are daugter and granddaughter of the patient who is the 24th case.


Thursday 2/20/2020

74,579 Mainland China; 621 Others; 104 South Korea; 84 Singapore; 84 Japan; 67 Hong Kong; 35 Thailand; 24 Taiwan; 22 Malaysia; 16 Germany; 16 Vietnam; 15 Australia; 15 US; 12 France

Tuesday 2/18/2020

72,438 Mainland China; 454 Diamond Princess; 77 Singapore; 66 Japan; 60 Hong Kong; 35 Thailand; 31 South Korea; 22 Malaysia; 22 Taiwan; 16 Germany; 16 Vietnam; 15 Australia; 15 US; 12 France; 


Sunday 2/16/2020

68,508 Mainland China; 355 Others; 72 Singapore; 57 Hong Kong; 43 Japan; 33 Thailand; 29 South Korea; 22 Malaysia; 20 Taiwan; 16 Germany; 16 Vietnam; 15 Australia; 15 US; 12 France; 

First Mortality in Taiwan from Cornoavirus Reported

A 61-year old taxi driver with a confirmed case of cornoavirus has died.  This is the first confirmed death of a cornoavirus patient in Taiwan.
Unlike other coronavirus cases so far, the patient had not travelled to China recently.  Doctors speculate that he may have been exposed due to his work having brought him into contact with many visitors from China.
The driver's brother, in his 50s, has also been confirmed as having coronavirus.
Complicating the question of the impact of the disease on the patient's mortality is the fact that he had a long history of chronic illness, suffering from both Hepatitis B and diabetes.


Saturday 2/15/2020

66,493 Mainland China; 218 Others; 67 Singapore; 56 Hong Kong; 33 Thailand; 29 Japan; 28 South Korea; 19 Malaysia; 18 Taiwan; 16 Germany; 16 Vietnam; 15 Australia; 15 US; 11 France;


Thursday 2/13/2020

59,789 Mainland China; 175 Others; 50 Singapore; 50 Hong Kong; 33 Thailand; 28 South Korea; 28 Japan; 18 Malaysia; 18 Taiwan; 16 Germany; 15 Australia; 15 Vietnam; 13 US; 11 France;


Tuesday 2/11/2020

44,665 Mainland China; 49 Hong Kong; 47 Singapore; 33 Thailand; 28 South Korea; 28 Japan; 18 Malaysia; 18 Taiwan; 16 Germany; 15 Australia; 15 Vietnam; 13 USA


Monday 2/10/2020

39,970 Mainland China; 40 Singapore; 36 Hong Kong; 32 Thailand; 26 Japan; 25 South Korea; 18 Taiwan; 16 Malaysia; 15 Australia; 14 Germany; 13 Vietnam; 12 US; 11 France; 10 Macau;


Friday 2/7/2020

34,569 Mainland China; 30 Singapore; 26 Hong Kong; 25 Thailand; 25 Japan; 24 South Korea; 17 Taiwan; 15 Australia; 13 Germany; 12 US; 12 Malaysia; 10 Vietnam


Thursday 2/6/2020

31,165 Mainland China; 30 Singapore; 25 Thailand; 25 Japan; 24 Hong Kong; 24 South Korea; 16 Taiwan; 15 Australia; 12 Germany; 12 US; 12 Malaysia

How Can Visitors to Taiwan Buy Surgical Masks?

Rationing of surgical face masks at two masks per person per week is being handled by NHI affiliated pharmacies.  If you're in Taiwan as a visitor and not enrolling in the NHI bring your entry/exit permit in your passport with you and the pharmacies will use this to allow you to make and track your purchases. 


Wednesday 2/5/2020

24,391 Mainland China; 25 Thailand; 24 Singapore; 22 Japan; 18 Hong Kong; 16 South Korea; 13 Australia; 12 Germany; 11 US; 11 Taiwan; 10 Macau; 10 Malaysia; 8 Vietnam

How Can Non-NHI Participants Buy Surgical Masks?

A surgical mask rationing system is about to be implemented, Thursday 2/6.

Sales will be limited to two per person per week.  The control is: if your National Health Insurance Card ends in an odd number, you can buy Monday, Wednesday & Friday.  Even number, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. 

Tentative reports show Sunday both odd & even number holders are allowed who have not reached their two-mask limit.

All purchases will be recorded in the IC chip of one's NHI card to prevent people from overbuying.

Sales will be through pharmacies only.

The CDC has not yet finalized a plan for people who are visiting as tourists and thus not enrolling in the NHI.  

Tentative reports show that people in Taiwan and awaiting their NHI cards can go to pharmacies where the pharmacist can access their recorded application for the NHI

Local Media: Up MediaTechNews


Tuesday 2/4/2020

20,485 Mainland China; 20 Japan; 19 Thailand;18 Singapore; 17 Hong Kong; 15 South Korea; 12 Australia; 12 Germany; 11 US; 10 Macau; 10 Malaysia; 10 Taiwan; 8 Vietnam

Surgical Mask Rationing System Being Introduced in Taiwan, Prices to be Lowered

A surgical mask rationing plan is slated to be introduced on Thursday 2/6.  

Outline of plan is to have retailers like convenience stores stop selling masks and distribute masks only through pharmacies affiliated with the National Health Insurance.

In order to buy a mask one will need needs to present a National Health Insurance Card. 

Limitation is two masks per person per week at a price of NT$5 per mask, or about three cents per mask, US$.  Price before was NT$6.

Purchases to be recorded on the IC chip of one's NHI card.

Additionally, the final digit in your NHI number will determine the day on which you can shop: ending in an even number, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.  Those ending in an odd number Monday, Wednesday & Friday.  Tentative reports show Sunday both odd & even number holders are allowed who have not reached their two-mask limit.

Pending is an answer to what about people from abroad who haven't received an NHI card, or who are only visiting and won't enroll in the NHI.

World Health Organization FAQ on Coronavirus - https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses


Monday 2/3/2020

17,302 Mainland China; 20 Japan; 19 Thailand; 18 Singapore; 15 Hong Kong; 15 South Korea; 12 Australia; 11 US; 10 Germany; 10 Taiwan; 8 Macau

Taiwan Public School Winter Holiday Extended to 2/25 to Minimize Coronavirus

The winter holiday for public schools, K~12, will be lengthened two weeks to 2/25 in an effort to prevent classrooms from having a chance to become a vector for the coronavirus.

Private kindergardens and bushibans (cram schools: after-school study centers) are not affected by the order.

Many kindergardens and bushibans have already resumed classes with the conclusion of the Lunar New Year holidays. Localized schedule changes for private kindergardens and bushibans are possible in response to the public school advisory and parents’ anticipated reluctance to have children in class.

The schedule change for public school students was announced Sunday, February 2nd at 4pm by the director of the Central Epidemic Command Center 中央流行疫情中心, 陳時中Chen Shih Chung - 指揮官 & director of the Ministry of Education 教育部 Pan Wen Chung 潘文忠 -  部長.

The original return date for public school students was 2/11.

To make up for the additional two weeks of no-school in winter, summer vacation for public school students will be delayed two weeks to 7/14

Local Media: China Times, United Daily News




What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in  both animals and humans. Some infect people and are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).


What is a “novel” coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The new, or “novel” coronavirus, now called 2019-nCoV, had not previously detected before the outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019.


How dangerous is the coronavirus?

As with other respiratory illnesses, infection with 2019-nCoV can cause mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever.  It can be more severe for some persons and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties.  More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as, diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.


Is the new virus the same as SARS?

No, 2019-nCoV is from the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) but it is not the same virus.


Should I wear a mask to protect myself?

Wearing a medical mask can help limit the spread of some respiratory disease. However, using a mask alone is not guaranteed to stop infections and should be combined with other prevention measures including hand and respiratory hygiene and avoiding close contact – at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people.

WHO advises on rational use of medical masks thus avoiding unnecessary wastage of precious resources and potential mis-use of masks (see Advice on the use of masks). This means using masks only if you have respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing), have suspected 2019-nCoV infection with mild symptoms or are caring for someone with suspected 2019-nCoV infection. A suspected 2019-nCoV infection is linked to travel in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or close contact with someone who has travelled from China and has respiratory symptoms.

How to put on, use, take off and dispose of a mask

Before putting on a mask, wash hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water

Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask

Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water

Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks

To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; wash hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water


Who can catch this virus?

People living or travelling in an area where the 2019-nCoV virus is circulating may be at risk of infection. At present, 2019-nCoV is circulating in China where the vast majority of people infected have been reported. Those infected from other countries are among people who have recently traveled from China or who have been living or working closely with those travellers, such as family members, co-workers or medical professionals caring for a patient before they knew the patient was infected with 2019-nCoV.

Health workers caring for persons who are sick with 2019-nCoV are at higher risk and must protect themselves with appropriate infection prevention and control procedures.  People living outside of areas in China where the virus is circulating are not at risk of infection with 2019-nCoV.


Who is at risk from developing severe illness?

While we still need to learn more about how 2019-nCoV affects people, thus far, older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more at risk of developing severe disease.


Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the 2019-nCoV?

No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. The novel coronavirus is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.


Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat 2019-nCoV?

To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus. However, those infected with 2019-nCoV should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care. Some specific treatments are under investigation and will be tested through clinical trials.  WHO is helping to coordinate efforts to develop medicines to treat nCoV with a range of partners.


If you want to protect yourself from getting infected with the new coronavirus, you should maintain basic hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices and avoiding close contact, when possible, with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.


The following measures are not specifically recommended as 2019-nCoV remedies as they are not effective to protect yourself and can be even harmful:


Taking vitamin C


Drinking tradition herbal teas

Wearing multiple masks to maximize protection

Taking self-medication such as antibiotics

In any case, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a more severe infection and be sure to share your recent travel history with your health care provider.


How long is the incubation period?

The incubation period is the time between infection and the onset of clinical symptoms of disease. Current estimates of the incubation period range from 2-11 days, and these estimates will be refined as more data become available. Based on information from other coronavirus diseases, such as MERS and SARS, the incubation period of 2019-nCoV could be up to 14 days.

Can humans become infected with the 2019-nCoV from an animal source?

Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans in China in 2002 and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.  As surveillance improves around the world, more coronaviruses are likely to be identified

The animal source of the 2019-nCoV has not yet been identified.  This does not mean you can catch 2019-nCoV from any animal or from your pet. It’s likely that an animal source from a live animal market in China was responsible for some of the first reported human infections. To protect yourself, when visiting live animal markets, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals.

The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.