Taiwan tightens travel rules against Chinese visitors over epidemic

Those returning from Hubei Province required to self quarantine to prevent spread of Wuhan coronavirus

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/01/26
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

A man wears a face mask as he rides a bicycle past a display for the upcoming Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat, in Beijing. (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan announced on Sunday (Jan. 26) stricter travel restrictions against Chinese visitors from Hubei, the epicenter of a viral outbreak that has sickened over 2,000 and claimed more than 50 lives.

According to a statement released by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), individuals from Hubei Province, which has locked down a dozen cities to contain the spread of the potentially deadly coronavirus (2019-nCoV), will be banned from traveling to Taiwan.

Chinese residents outside Hubei are also prohibited from visiting the island country for purposes including tourism, social and professional exchanges, and medical trips. Meanwhile, a two-week ban will be imposed on Chinese students planning to come to Taiwan.

In addition, those returning from Hubei or who have contracted confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, are required to self-quarantine and submit to health monitoring for 14 days. They are asked to report to health authorities immediately should they develop symptoms such as respiratory illnesses or fever.    [FULL  STORY]

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