Indonesian workers face temporary ban

CECC RULES: The autumn-winter COVID-19 prevention program, including mandatory mask wearing in eight types of public venues and indoor facilities, begins today

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 01, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

People walk through a public space in downtown Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chiang Ying-ying, AP

A temporary, two-week ban on Indonesian migrant workers entering the nation is to begin on Friday, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced yesterday as it reported 24 new imported cases of COVID-19.

Twenty of the new cases are Indonesian migrant workers who arrived between Nov. 11 and Friday last week, said Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center.

The cases were discovered during a special project on Friday to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on all 939 recently arrived Indonesian migrant workers in centralized quarantine facilities, as the majority of imported cases in the past few weeks have been from Indonesia, Chen said.

Only 23 people tested positive, including three whose cases were announced on Sunday, and of the 20 new cases, 19 were asymptomatic, while the remaining one developed symptoms on Sunday, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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