Taiwan rejects general coronavirus testing for arrivals from 12 countries

Testing of arrivals from Philippines to be evaluated after one month: CECC

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/08/20
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Arrivals at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Contrary to media reports, there are no plans to introduce general Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for passengers arriving from 12 high-risk countries, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday (Aug. 20).

At present, arrivals from the Philippines are subject to the tests, as most of the recent imported cases in Taiwan have been Taiwanese nationals returning from work in the neighboring country.

Media reports suggested that 12 other countries or areas deemed to be high risk for coronavirus infections could join the list in September, with all arrivals being subject to compulsory PCR testing.    [FULL  STORY]

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