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DOH: Taipei City’s COVID Update for March 21

The contact-tracing records of the new confirmed domestic case for March 20.The Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 25 new imported cases for March 20.
 
The age of the patients ranges from 20’s to 70’s. They include 11 men and 15 women. The cases arrived from the following nations: Vietnam (5 cases), Indonesia (4 cases), the US (3 cases), Canada (1 case), Tunisia (1 case), the UK (1 case), the Philippines (1 case), and Singapore (1 case). A total of 8 other cases are still under investigation.
 
Meanwhile, 1 new domestic case has been reported for Taipei City on March 20. Case 22039 attended a wedding banquet in Chiayi County on March 13 and tested positive on March 19 with a Ct value of 16.1. Investigation is currently being conducted by health authorities.
 
The city government also announced that it will open up special BNT vaccine clinics for youths between the age of 12 and 17 at twelve contracted hospitals between March 21 and 23. Wanfang Hospital has arranged for a special nighttime outpatient clinic in the evening of March 21 for working parents who wish to accompany their kids.
 
The agency encourages young men and women between the ages of 12 and 17 who have yet to receive either their first or second dose to get inoculated as soon as possible (the required lapse time between the first and second BNT dose is 12 weeks or more). They should bring their NHI card and vaccination record card (yellow card) to the clinic. The parents (or legal guardians) should also accompany their kids to the vaccination appointment and sign the vaccination agreement form on site.
 
DOH reminds the public that there may be random COVID-19 cases in the community and calls upon the public to remain vigilant in monitoring their own health via routine temperature checks and awareness of possible symptoms such as fever, throat pain, cough, runny nose, diarrhea, and sudden loss of taste or smell.
 
Public-funded PCR tests are also available between 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM Monday through Friday at any of the following local hospitals: Taipei City Hospital Heping, Zhongxing, Renai, Yangming, and Zhongxiao branches, as well as Wanfang hospital and Guandu hospital. For questions, please call Taipei’s pandemic prevention hotline (02-2375-3782).