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Taipei's rapid test positivity rate at 6.3%, outbreak numbers flat: Ko

ROC Central News Agency

06/01/2021 07:43 PM

Taipei, June 1 (CNA) Taipei's COVID-19 rapid testing stations on Monday reported an overall positivity rate of 6.3 percent, appearing to show that containment measures have led to a "stalemate," Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Tuesday.

Speaking at a press conference, Ko said that of the 653 people screened for COVID-19 at the city's three rapid testing stations on Monday, 41 returned positive results, amounting to a positivity rate of 6.3 percent.

That figure was largely in line with the daily totals from the preceding week (May 24-May 30), during which the average positivity rate was just below 6.5 percent, according to data released by Taipei City Government.

The number of positive tests per day, meanwhile, reached 110 on May 22, before dropping into the 50s-60s for four consecutive days, and totaling 35, 31, 19 and 32 in the four days leading up to Monday, the data showed.

Based on these statistics, Ko described the situation in Taipei as a "stalemate," in which the virus was being successfully suppressed, but was likely to resurge if current restrictions were lifted.

Because a complete lockdown would have too severe an impact on the economy, the most likely scenario is that the current Level 3 alert guidelines will have to be extended until a significant proportion of the population is vaccinated, Ko speculated.

Aside from the testing numbers, Ko said the city had successfully tracked down 367 people whom it had been unable to locate after their COVID-19 test results came back positive.

Of the people in question, many had left accurate phone numbers but false addresses on their test registration forms, indicating that there is unfortunately still a social stigma associated with COVID-19, Ko said.

Meanwhile, Ko said, Taipei City now has 1,300 COVID-19 hospital rooms and 1,800 quarantine hotel rooms, which together should be sufficient to accomodate all of Taipei's COVID-19 patients.

(By Chen Yi-hsuan, Chen Yu-ting and Matthew Mazzetta)


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