All arrivals to be tested for Covid
Courtesy of ICRT
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) says all people arriving in Taiwan will be tested for the coronavirus on the last day of their mandatory 14-day quarantine.
The new regulation takes effect immediately and is aimed at preventing the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus.
Travellers entering Taiwan had previously not been required to be tested unless they showed symptoms on arrival or during their quarantine period.
First detected in India, the Delta variant is likely to become the world's dominant strain of COVID-19, because of its "significantly enhanced transmissibility."
However, the CECC says here in Taiwan genetic sequencing in a sample of 278 cases found only five infections caused by the Delta variant, all of which were imported.
The most prevalent strain in Taiwan was the Alpha variant, which was first detected in the UK.