CORONAVIRUS/Indonesian migrant workers face new quarantine rule

Focus Taiwan
Date: 11/18/2020
By: Chen Wei-ting and Joseph Yeh

At Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. CNA file photo

Taipei, Nov. 18 (CNA) All migrant workers coming from Indonesia to Taiwan will be required to undergo 14-days of quarantine at government-designated sites starting Nov. 20 due to a spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases from that country in recent days, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.

Currently, only migrant workers hired by local social welfare sector, such as caregivers, and individuals re-entering the country from Indonesia are required to undergo such quarantine while those hired by local industries have to undergo quarantine for two weeks at their residence in Taiwan as arranged by their employers.

According to the CECC, from March 27 to Nov. 16, a total of 4,180 Indonesian migrant workers underwent compulsory two-week quarantine at government-designated locations while another 2,382 did so at their residence.

Meanwhile, the CECC also announced its decision to suspend four Indonesian employment agencies from sending Indonesian migrant workers to Taiwan starting Nov. 20, after at least 20 have been found by Taiwanese health authorities to have contracted the coronavirus in recent days.    [FULL  STORY]

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