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National Disinfection Crew Intensifies Efforts As COVID Cases Skyrocket

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The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) recently raised the epidemic alert level to Level 3. In response to the increasing severity, the EPA noted that regional environmental bureaus from 22 cities and counties were called to a video conference on disinfection. Crews are ready at all times and have launched massive and thorough disinfection measures to safeguard public health.

To date, environmental bureaus across Taiwan have assigned a total of 3,000 personnel to conduct disinfection tasks. Since the pandemic started, disinfection work has continued in public venues where crowds gather. The crews can be seen carrying disinfection equipment, especially during holidays such as Lunar New Year when people travel to their hometowns, or before the start of school and after entrance exams for technical and vocational schools.

The COVID pandemic has been on the rise recently, with local cases with unknown sources popping up in several counties and cities. In light of this, the crews dare not let their guard down, doubling disinfection efforts at locations where the known infected cases have been to, in New Taipei City, Taipei City, Yilan County, Kaohsiung City, Changhua County, and Keelung City. Additionally, the Taipei City Environmental Bureau has increased the disinfection frequency from once a week to twice a week. The statistics up to 28 May show that there are 8,065 sites on the list of crowded places under control. Aside from intensified disinfection efforts from local environmental bureaus, the EPA also urges the public to follow the CECC's instructions in this period of heightened pandemic alert.

Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, May 2021

Ministry of Environment