The Spring Festival in Taiwan under the epidemic
Taipei, January 29 (Xinhua) — People in Taiwan began the traditional Chinese New Year holiday on Sunday.More than 400 people have been confirmed with the omicron strain of the virus in Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, New Taipei, Taoyuan and Tainan, according to the Regional epidemic control Center.The command center reiterated the Spring Festival epidemic prevention program and urged people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.The omicron virus outbreak has kept 22,000 people quarantined at home and more than 8,000 quarantined at home, with an estimated 16,000 people unable to return home before Lunar New Year’s Eve.Taiwan’s epidemic control center and transportation authorities announced that screening stations will be set up at five airports and two ports starting Monday to prevent a collapse in medical supplies on the island’s mainland and outlying islands. People who want to travel to Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu will only be able to board flights if they test negative.According to the information of Taiwan transportation department, more than 10,000 passengers took flights to Jinmapeng on The 29th.Experts estimate that the positive rate of fast screening is less than 1%, and it is estimated that nearly 100 people could not go home for the Spring Festival because of fast screening positive.”Family reunion, wealth and prosperity” is people’s New Year wishes.However, people on the island suffered an egg shortage this Spring Festival, with “unavailable”, “rising price”, “out of stock” and “snatching eggs” becoming buzzwords on the Internet.Authorities estimate there is a shortage of 1.2 million eggs a day.Some layer producers have analyzed that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in raw materials and the cost of feeding. In the middle of last year, people stopped using layers at home, restaurants stopped using eggs in their homes, and the industry eliminated a large number of layers.When egg prices began to stabilize around October last year, there was a shortage of breeders and chicks.Egg prices have jumped as much as 50 percent, from about $32 a kilogram at retail to about $50 now.Traditional Chinese New Year activities in temples, such as fighting for incense, fighting for the spring ox and going around the border, have been cancelled due to the epidemic.Ms. Lin, who lives in xindian, said the Spring Festival atmosphere is much less.Although a number of local confirmed cases in the island are related to the use of restaurants, the command center still maintains the second-level alert that does not prohibit the use of restaurants.The Taipei Municipal Government’s Tourism and Communication Bureau has launched a flood warning light system for 16 popular tourist spots in Taipei during the Spring Festival holiday, including Dihua Street, Ximending Business District and Shilin Night Market. The system allows people to check relevant information and epidemic prevention needs before visiting each scenic spot.Increasing online activities has also become a popular choice for large-scale activities during the Spring Festival.The 2022 Taipei Lantern Festival, which will be held in Shilin from February 11 to 20, will also be held in an online plus offline mode.Let the public choose to enjoy the lights on site, or watch full-time featured lighting videos on the official website of the 2022 Taipei Lantern Festival.During the Lantern Festival from 19:00 to 21:00, people can visit the three theme light areas of “Jiantan Station Night Market Light Area”, “Shilin Station Brilliance Light Area” and “Zhishan Station Riverside Light Area” without going out.