The Executive Yuan Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) attended the command center meeting and were briefed in the morning on January 29, 2020. Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) instructed that it is currently a critical time of prevention of the novel coronavirus for Taiwan and reiterated that each government agency must provide all available human resources and materials to support prevention work, must not react sluggishly and must utilize the past prevention experience to reduce public panic.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) pointed out that as the number of cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in China continues to grow, CECC issued relevant guidance for public transportation, public gatherings, schools and educational institutions and groups and provided advice on prevention measures to reduce the risk of infection. Such information is available under the section of 2019-nCoV (Wuhan pneumonia) on the Chinese version of the website of Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov.tw/Category/MPage/V6Xe4EItDW3NdGTgC5PtKA (provided in Chinese only).
According to the statistics collected by CECC, 96 additional cases of 2019-nCoV infection were reported in Taiwan on January 28. As of writing, a cumulative total of 621 cases have been reported, including eight confirmed cases, 386 individuals removed from the follow-up list, and 277 under quarantine for lab tests. Of 277, preliminary tests were negative in 92 and the others are to be tested. Eight confirmed cases are in a stable condition and being treated in isolation at the hospital. The hospital and local health agencies have proceeded with prevention measures, including the investigation of the cases and contact tracing, according to relevant procedures. The total number of contacts of the eight confirmed cases is 460. Of 460, 27 contacts developed symptoms and were reported, and confirmed case #8 who is a contact of confirmed case #5 has been determined as a confirmed case. Of 27 reported cases, 12 tested negative for 2019-nCoV infection after the second test, and 5 tested negative after the preliminary test while the test results of the other 10 cases are pending.