Cabinet requests extension to Covid relief act
The cabinet is requesting lawmakers approve a one-year extension of the government's special coronavirus relief act and its associated budget through 30 June of next year.
According to Cabinet spokesman Luo Bing-cheng, a written request has been sent to the Legislative Yuan to extend the Special Act for Prevention, Relief and Revitalization Measures for Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens. The act is currently set to expire on 30 June.
Luo says the extension is necessary to prevent a "sudden disruption" of the government's coronavirus response efforts, due to the continuing severity of the pandemic abroad and the rapidly-changing situation here in Taiwan.
The request does not seek any additional funding above the currently allocated NT$839.34 billion budget.
The special act was introduced in February 2020 to provide a legal basis and funding to support the government's pandemic control efforts.
It was later expanded to include a wide array of economic relief measures.