Virus Outbreak: Taiwanese in Hubei can return home

RELAXING MEASURES: With only one imported case confirmed yesterday, the CECC said that, from tomorrow, up to 1,000 spectators would be able attend each CPBL game

Taipei Times
Date: May 07, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

A worker yesterday disinfects the spectator area of a stadium in Taipei, where cutout figures holding signs thanking epidemic control workers took the place of live spectators at a Women’s Super Basketball League game.
Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

Taiwanese in China’s Hubei Province are to be allowed to return to the nation on their own starting tomorrow, when the CPBL would be able to admit up to 1,000 spectators to baseball games, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday.

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads of the center, said that Taiwanese in China’s Hubei Province, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, would not be required to take chartered flights or quasi-chartered flights from designated airports to return home.

The Chinese government imposed an unprecedented lockdown of Wuhan and other cities in Hubei on Jan. 23, leaving more than 1,000 Taiwanese, as well as their Chinese spouses and children, stranded in the province.

The CECC in late February announced that the National Immigration Agency had marked the identification papers of the Taiwanese in Hubei, and that they would only be allowed to return on chartered flights.    [FULL  STORY]

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