VIRUS OUTBREAK: Government still mulling UK travel ban

AIRLINE CREW: The government is considering revisions to disease-prevention rules after several incidents of pilots and flight attendants breaching health regulations

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 22, 2020
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter

A UK government travel ban public notice is pictured at Kings Cross train station in London on Sunday.
Photo: EPA-EFE

The government is considering whether to ban flights from the UK as other countries have done to stem the spread of a new strain of COVID-19 that is reportedly more infectious, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said yesterday, adding that the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) would make the final decision on the matter.

Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy and the Netherlands, are among the countries and areas that have placed travel curbs on the UK.

“We are discussing the latest developments with the CECC,” Lin told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Taipei.

Separately, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), head of the CECC, said that Taiwan currently has no plans to ban flights from the UK.

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