CECC expects rise in return travelers

VIGILANCE: From tomorrow all arrivals must provide the result of a PCR test taken within three days, and the CECC asked people to report anyone who has faked their result

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 30, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

Passengers from the Philippines wait to go through border quarantine measures carried out by Centers for Disease Control staff at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday.
Photo: Tony Yao, Taipei Times

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) expects an increase in the number of returning travelers in the coming days, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday, adding that the varying qualities of COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test reports from other countries is a big concern.

Chen, who heads the center, was speaking to the media on the sidelines of a Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders scholarship award ceremony in Taipei.

“As the global COVID-19 situation is worsening, and with some holidays coming up, there might be an increase in the number of overseas Taiwanese returning to Taiwan,” he said.

The expected increase in numbers in the next few days is also linked to a policy requiring all arriving passengers to provide the result of a PCR test taken within three days of boarding a flight to Taiwan, starting tomorrow, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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