MAC advisers urge relaxing border rules

FINDING A BALANCE: The CECC said that it would consider screening of the general public for SARS-CoV-2 if scientific research warranted it or a high-risk group is found

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 03, 2020
By: Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNA

A ground staff employee shows passengers the way to transit and immigration at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The government should consider rebalancing its COVID-19 prevention efforts with its economic interests as prolonged isolation from the international community could contribute to Taiwan being “mainlandized” by China, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) consultants said at a recent meeting.

The council yesterday revealed the key remarks of the consultants, who were asked to comment on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on China and cross-strait relations.

Taiwan’s success in disease prevention has been hailed worldwide, but the government should consider a reasonable relaxation of restrictions, one academic said, adding that overly severe border controls cannot be sustained over a long period.

The consultants said that the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) should consider balancing pandemic prevention with economic development and that the general economy should be a factor when assessing the risks of a further rolling back of the regulations.

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