Taipei, March 31 (CNA) Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday announced that it will expand the scope of COVID-19 coronavirus screening tests to all patients with pneumonia and those who have lost their sense of smell or taste, effective immediately.
Henceforth, patients with such symptoms will be required to undergo coronavirus screening tests, said CECC expert Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) during a news briefing.
Chang said the CECC decided to expand screening to patients with pneumonia in the hope that doing so will make it easier to detect those infected with COVID-19 more quickly and before they infect others.
The decision came after two of the most recent cases were individuals with no recent overseas travel history, who tested positive for coronavirus only after doctors sent their samples for screening following a pneumonia diagnosis, according to the CECC.
Read more: Focus Taiwan
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