Taiwan reduces COVID-19 quarantine to seven days for arrivals
Taiwan announced on Tuesday it was reducing the mandatory 10-day quarantine for all arrivals to seven days, its latest relaxation of rules to try to live with COVID-19 and return to normal life even as the number of domestic infections rises. .
Taiwan has kept its quarantine rules in place as large parts of the rest of Asia eased or lifted them altogether, although it already reduced the time spent in isolation from two weeks to 10 days in March.
Taiwan has reported some 125,000 national cases since the start of the year, driven by the more infectious variant of Omicron, but with more than 99% of those showing no symptoms or mild symptoms, the government has eased rather than tightened restrictions in what he calls the “New Taiwan Model.
Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center said the relaxation of the quarantine rule, which will come into effect next Monday, was made due to Omicron’s short incubation period and to take into account “maintenance of the national capacity for pandemic prevention, socio-economic activities and effective risk control”. .”
All arrivals will still be required to take PCR tests upon arrival in Taiwan, and the seventh day of quarantine will be released as long as they test negative on a rapid test, he said.
The requirement for negative PCR tests before departure remains in place.
Quarantine for close contacts of infected patients is now three days as the government seeks to ease the burden on officials monitoring those in isolation as the number of household infections continues to rise.
The government has not given a timetable for fully reopening its borders, and restrictions remain in place on who can visit. Citizens and foreign residents are free to come and go, but most other visitors need special permission.
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