Since the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, Taiwan has kept the pandemic well under control because of early and effective prevention. Most cases have been imported from abroad, though the island has reported sporadic domestic infections in recent months. Taiwan’s total case numbers remain extremely small compared with those of some other parts of the world. It has reported 1,145 cases to date (3 May 2021), including 12 deaths.
Unfortunately, since 23 April 2021, it has reported Covid-19 infections in freighter pilots from Taiwan’s largest carrier, China Airlines Ltd, some of whom had been staying at the Novotel Taoyuan International Airport hotel. They are thought to have been infected overseas.
Taiwan Society of Emergency Medicine (TSEM) will keep on providing a network of well-trained emergency department staff to help all Taiwan hospitals in deftly responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Chen-June Seak
Director of Department of Emergency Medicine, and Deputy Director of Center for Quality Management, New Taipei Municipal Tucheng Hospital, Taiwan.
Secretary-General of Taiwan Society of Emergency Medicine (TSEM)