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Taiwan shuts down all disco and KTV bars, dance halls amid COVID-19 pandemic

Taiwan closed all KTV Bars and dance halls on Thursday (April 9), after being informed that a COVID-19 infected Taipei KTV hostess kept serving customers in the bar.

As reported by Liberty Times on Thursday morning, case no. 379 is a hostess at a well-known KTV bar frequently visited by wealthy businessmen near Taipei City's red-light district of Linsen North Road.

Upon hearing the news, Deputy Mayor Huang Shan-shan told reporters that KTV bars should be closed or at least temporarily cease operations during the epidemic.

During a press conference that afternoon, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) Deputy Commander Chen Tsung-yen announced that in order to maintain public health, all KTV bars and dance halls will close, effective immediately. He then called on business operators to cooperate with all relevant epidemic prevention measures.

Chen also appealed to all Taiwanese to avoid crowded, confined spaces and businesses prone to cluster infections to avoid further disease transmission. He also call on the city and county governments across the country, as well as economic development departments, health departments, fire departments, and police departments to act upon and ensure that all businesses will comply to the closure.

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