A hospital chain in Taiwan is abandoning its hospital in the country amid “serious concerns” over safety after an employee was found dead inside the hospital, a government official said Tuesday.
The Taipei District Health Commission said the hospital in southern Taipei has been shut down since the death of a woman in January, a day after a patient who had recently returned from Thailand died.
Taiwan has been battling a deadly outbreak of coronavirus that has infected more than 1,000 people, with 1,100 people dying in the first 24 hours of the pandemic, according to Taiwan’s health ministry.
Taipei has also been plagued by a surge in hospital-acquired infections, which have topped 1 million.
The number of infections has spiked to more than 3 million in just one month.
Taipean authorities have vowed to crack down on hospital-infected workers and have ordered new security checks at some of the country’s busiest hospitals.
Taiyuan Medical Centers Holdings Inc., which runs about 3,000 hospitals in the Taipei area, said the move was in the company’s best interest and did not reflect any official decision.
It said the decision was based on safety concerns over safety and operational efficiency.
Taiyo Medical Centers, which operates several hospitals in Taipei and the capital, Taipei, said Tuesday that the hospital was closed because of “serious safety concerns” and the company was working to address them.
Taiyo Health System Holdings Ltd., which owns the hospital chain, said in a statement that it is “deeply sorry” for any loss of patient care and would continue to cooperate with government and medical authorities.
“The safety of all patients and staff is of utmost importance to us, and we will continue to strive for safety in our hospitals and to improve our operations,” the statement said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.