Quarantine for international arrivals to be shortened soon
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced that quarantine for new arrivals to Taiwan will soon be reduced to a "7 7" system, of 7 days of quarantine, and 7 days of self-health management.
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says that the decision was made after considering the short incubation period of the Omicron variant, as well as Taiwan's nearly-overloaded epidemic prevention capacity. Chen says the quarantine will still require one person per household, otherwise the new arrival will be required to stay in a quarantine hotel for the first seven days. The new system is set to go into effect beginning from 9 May.
The CECC reported 23,102 new local cases of Covid-19 yesterday. The CECC says, among today's domestic cases, 25 were listed as moderate or severe, and there were five new deaths from the disease.
Five cities and counties all registered more than one thousand cases today: New Taipei City with more than 8,000, Taipei City with more than 4,000, Taoyuan City with over 3,000, and Keelung and Taichung with just over 1,000 each.