CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan to screen all arrivals from the Philippines for COVID-19

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/24/2020
By: William Yen

A testing facility at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. CNA photo July 16, 2020

Taipei, July 24 (CNA) All passengers arriving from the Philippines will have to undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19 starting Sunday because of the rising number of imported cases from the country, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday.

The new regulation will apply to both Taiwanese citizens and resident permit holders, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, at a press briefing. Taiwan will pay for the COVID-19 tests.

People with symptoms suggesting a passenger could have COVID-19 will be collectively quarantined in a government facility, while those without symptoms will be asked to quarantine at home while waiting for the results, Chen said.

The move was made because over half of all of Taiwan's imported cases in July have been from the Philippines, Chen said.    [FULL  STORY]

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