CHINA Taiwan tightens control measures amid surging COVID-19 cases

CHINA

Taiwan tightens control measures amid surging COVID-19 cases

Xinhua

09:59, November 19, 2020

TAIPEI -- Taiwan will require all inbound passengers to submit a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding a plane to the island, the island's epidemic monitoring agency said on Wednesday.

Medical workers are busy at the screening station for possible COVID-19 cases at a hospital in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan, March 30, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)

Passengers set to visit Taiwan or transit through here, regardless of their identities or reasons for visiting, must present a negative-result certificate of a nucleic acid test taken within three days of boarding at the time of checking in, the agency said in a statement.

The move is one of the new COVID-19 control measures that will be in place from Dec 1 and last until Feb 28 next year.

Other measures include the requirement of mask-wearing at eight types of public venues such as medical institutions, public transport facilities, and schools.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Taiwan has risen to 607, including two newly reported cases on Wednesday who arrived from Indonesia and the United States, respectively.

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