Taiwan bans entry of Chinese nationals from Guangdong Province

Focus Taiwan
Date: 02/01/2020
By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Matthew Mazzetta

Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung

Taipei, Feb. 1 (CNA) Chinese nationals from Guangdong Province will be prohibited entry into Taiwan starting Sunday, while travelers who have recently been there will be subject to a mandatory 14-day home quarantine, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.

At a press conference Saturday evening, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the CECC has declared a Level 2 endemic in the province, where a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has sickened more than 520 people to date.

In making the designation, Chen said the CECC gave consideration to such factors as the large number of cases in the province, evidence of community-level transmission of the virus, and the high volume of travel between Guangdong and Taiwan.

In addition to home-quarantining travelers returning from the province, those found with such symptoms as a fever or difficulty breathing will be immediately tested for the virus, and quarantined at designated medical facilities if a positive diagnosis is made, Chen said.    [FULL  STORY]

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