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Taipei to increase hospital beds for COVID-19 patients to 1,300

ROC Central News Agency

05/30/2021 08:34 PM

Taipei, May 30 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Sunday that an additional 300 hospital beds will soon be allocated for COVID-19 patients in the city, which will bring the total to 1,300.

The additional 300 beds will be available in hospital wards and in negative pressure isolation rooms with effect from Wednesday, Ko said at a press briefing.

Meanwhile, the city will also increase the number of beds available at quarantine hotels for people who obtain a positive COVID-19 rapid test result and are awaiting a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result, Ko said.

Starting in June, 1,800 such beds will be assigned for that purpose, an increase of 781, according to Ko.

He also said that the number of confirmed domestic COVID-19 cases in Taiwan has started to fall because people have been voluntarily staying at home and adhering to the government's epidemic prevention regulations.

There are still too many people at wet markets, however, the mayor said, urging Taipei residents to limit their market visits to no more than two per week.

Taiwan on Sunday confirmed 355 new domestic COVID-19 cases, recording more than 100 for the 16th consecutive day.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)


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