Arrivals allowed 1 quarantine location change under 3 4 policy
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) says people arriving in Taiwan who wish to spend their quarantine and "self-initiated epidemic prevention" periods at different locations will be permitted to switch locations once. However, any changes of locations will have to be approved by health authorities. People seeking to quarantine and undergo their "self-initiated epidemic prevention" periods at different locations must apply for permission from the local government where they are spending the self-health management.
The statement comes after the government began its new "3 4" policy for arrivals on Wednesday, requiring people to quarantine for three days, followed by four days of "self-initiated epidemic prevention."
Arrivals can choose to stay at a quarantine hotel, at home, or at the home of a friend or relative, but should remain at the same location for the entirety of the seven days. People who choose home quarantine should follow the one-person-per-residence rule. However, those who travel together can also quarantine in the same location.
In other Covid news, the CECC says 26 people arriving in Taiwan have so far been determined to be infected with the Omicron BA.4 or BA.5 subvariants. That brings the total number of cases involving the two subvariants to 31.According to the CECC, the seven BA.4 cases were arrivals from the US, Australia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Chile while the 24 BA.5 cases were found among people traveling from the US, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Australia, Turkey, Poland, South Korea, and El Salvador. The 31 cases tested positive when they arrived in Taiwan between 30 May and 7 June.
The CECC says it will be conducting more genome sequencing among airport and harbour personnel who test positive for the coronavirus to prevent the subvariants from spreading into the community. Health officials are also planning to submit a proposal to the AdvisoryCommittee on Immunization Practices on administering second booster shots to airport and harbour personnel as well as quarantine hotel employees.
This comes as the CECC reported 68,965 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday. Of that total, only 26 were imported infections. A majority of the cases are being reported in Taichung, with 10,756. That was followed by Kaohsiung with 10,001, and New Taipei with 8,348 cases.
Health officials say 165 previously reported cases have since become severe, while 227 others have been now classified as having moderate symptoms of the disease. Two children and a teenager are among the new severe cases. 143 new deaths were also being reported. The deceased, ranging in age from their 30s to 90s and consisted of 141 who had chronic illnesses or other severe diseases, while 64 were unvaccinated.