CECC to block entry of Indonesian workers

17 December, 2020

Courtesy of ICRT

The Central Epidemic Command Center is indefinitely suspending entry to all Indonesian migrant workers amid concerns Jakarta is unable to improve the accuracy of its coronavirus test results.

The move comes after the government temporarily suspended entry of Indonesian migrant workers on 4 December due to the increasing number of cases coming from the country.

According to Health Minister Chen Shih-chung, the spread of the coronavirus in Indonesia has not eased and the credibility of coronavirus test results issued by health authorities there has worsened over time.

Between 1 and 15 December 32 of the 40 positive cases from Indonesia presented proof of a negative coronavirus test result issued within three days of their flight on their arrival here in Taiwan.

And the health minister says Taiwan's representative office in Indonesia has held talks on the issue with authorities in Jakarta on the issue, but there has been no progress over Taiwan's request that Indonesia improve the accuracy of its test results.

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