Taiwan’s Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang said on Sunday that there is no reason to fear the highly contagious Omicron subspecies because of its mild severity following the surge in domestic coronavirus infections caused by the new subspecies. rice field.
Sue told reporters at the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) in Taiwan, urging residents to “keep alert and cautious” by being vaccinated without fear of new variants. report..
Sue also called on residents to get their booster shots as soon as they qualified.
“Since the Omicron variants spread so quickly, suddenly most of the cases reported around the world are Omicron cases,” Sue said.
“The rapid spread is characteristic of the subspecies, but most infected people have mild or asymptomatic symptoms. This is also the case in Taiwan.”
Taiwan reported 130 new infections on Saturday, 82 of which were local infections. Philip Lo, Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said there were a total of 166 local infections in the country, none of which caused serious symptoms.
Of the total number of infections in the country, 46 were asymptomatic and 120 had mild symptoms such as sore throat, cough, fever and runny nose, Lo said. report..
So far, 461 Omicron cases have been detected in Taiwan.
Despite the increase in the number of cases, Taiwan’s coronavirus alert level remains at 2, with some to limit its spread, such as banning eating and drinking on public transport and limiting the number of people visiting temples. There are restrictions.
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said rapid testing and contact tracking will also be enhanced to reach as many contacts as possible. The strengthening of registration at restaurants will also be strengthened.
According to Mr. Chen, the government may need to raise the alert level to 3 and step up measures with a “step-by-step” approach to prevent further spread of Omicron. This can overwhelm the national healthcare system.
The pursuit of Taiwan’s “zero COVID” seems impossible now that local infections have increased, he added, adding that people may need to learn to coexist with the virus.
Reuters contributed to this report.