WUHAN VIRUS / Taiwan closes borders to current, former Wuhan residents

Focus Taiwan
Date: 01/23/2020
By: Chen Wei-ting, Lee Hsin-Yin and Christie Chen

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (second from left) announcing the new border measures Thursday evening.

Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) Taiwan tightened its border control Thursday, mandating a health declaration by all visitors from China and banning the entry of residents of the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a deadly new coronavirus.

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the epidemic response command center, said travelers will not be permitted to enter Taiwan if they have ever registered Wuhan as their place of residency.

Furthermore, he said, all travelers arriving from China and its territories, including Hong Kong and Macau, will be required to complete a health declaration form at Taiwan's borders.

If the travelers have not visited Wuhan in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Taiwan and they do not have any suspicious health symptoms, they will be allowed to enter Taiwan and their health information will be kept for future reference, Chen said.    [FULL  STORY]

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