Health ministry expands border control measures

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 24, 2020
By: Shelley Shan, Lin Hui-chin and Dennis Xie  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

The nation’s epidemic response command center has upgraded efforts against the 2019 novel

People wear surgical masks at a crowded Lunar New Year fair in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Tu Chien-jung, Taipei Times

coronavirus by expanding border control measures to include all travelers from China, Hong Kong and Macau, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday.

Wuhan residents would be prevented from entering Taiwan, Chen told a news conference in Taipei.

Symptom-free travelers from China, Hong Kong and Macau would need to sign a declaration of good health and say whether they were routed through Wuhan, with those making false declarations, a breach of the Communicable Disease Control Act (傳染病防治法), facing a fine of NT$10,000 to NT$150,000, Chen added.

Chinese tourists who have visited Wuhan in the past 14 days would be reported and hospitalized, or monitored by officials, depending on their status, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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