PCR test requirement cancelled
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) says it will be lifting the requirement that all travellers entering Taiwan get a pre-flight coronavirus PCR test from midnight on Sunday. The regulation requiring travellers to present a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of boarding their flight to Taiwan was previously lifted for ROC passport holders and foreign residents on 14 July. However, it's still required for foreign nationals without residency permits.
CECC head Victor Wang says although his office has decided to lift the pre-flight test requirement, mandatory on-arrival PCR tests, three days of quarantine, and four days of self-initiated epidemic prevention will remain in place.
While people who contract the coronavirus overseas will also still be banned from flying to Taiwan within seven days from the day they tested positive.
According to Wang, the CECC is still expecting a spike in BA.5 subvariant cases later this month, and as such currently has no plans to open Taiwan to foreign tourists or allow domestic tour groups to travel to other countries.
Yesterday, the CECC reported 23,808 new coronavirus cases, of which only 143 were imported infections.
Most of the new cases are being reported in New Taipei, with 4,379. That's followed by Taichung with 2,962 and Taoyuan with 2,675 cases.
Health officials say 26 previously reported cases have now been listed as severe, while 59 others have developed moderate symptoms.
Twenty-five new deaths were reported. The deceased ranged in age from their 30s to 90s. All but one suffered from chronic illnesses or other severe diseases, and 14 were not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.