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Taipei Public Health Department Gears up to Prevent MERS Spread

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Published on : Jun 23, 2015

With an aim to inhibit the spread of MERS, Taipei Public Health Department (TPHD) has recently issued regulations to the management of 488 hotels and concert venues on how to diligently meet the health requirements of South Korean pop stars who are set to arrive in the country. The news was shared by a spokesperson from TPHD. 

Despite the increasing incidence of MERS in South Korea, the Korean stars will arrive in Taiwan shortly, for a meet and greet event with fans, which eventually will culminate into concerts. The Chinese Government till today has been very successful in controlling the spread of MERS in the country. Sources reveal that the government as of now is not ruling out the option of intervening to reduce the number of concerts, events, and appearances so as to ensure the MERS situation remains controlled in the country. However, the film and music fans in China have shown little fear in response to MERS and have been eagerly snapping up tickets to meet their favorite celebrities and pop stars.

Sharing his concern Hsu Chao-cheng, the director of TPHD said that public must come forward to help prevent the spread of MERS and as of now there is no other option but to meticulously wear face masks, wash hands, and avoid participating in large gatherings. 

Hsu Chao-cheng also stated that as per the legislation of disease prevention, if a traveler demonstrate or appears to demonstrate any symptom of the deadly virus and does not inform about the same to the authority they will be held responsible to pay a fine of NT$60,000 to NT$300,000 even if it is proved that they do not have MERS after testing. 

Chen Shao-qing, Director, Taipei Health Bureau for Disease Control also expressed his concerns regarding the incumbent situation. Summers are always busy months when South Korean stars visit Taiwan. Presently, the bureau has reports that six groups are likely to visit China. For this the department has distributed health related directives across 488 hotels and travel businesses. 

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