CECC adjusts Covid testing rules
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has revised its coronavirus testing regulations for self-health management.
Those conducting self-health management after quarantine or home isolation are now required to have the two mandatory tests earlier.
According to the CECC, the decision to change the testing period is due to the shorter incubation time of the new omicron variant of the disease.
It means that a rapid antigen self-test will be mandatory on the second and fourth days of the seven-day self-health management period that follows quarantine or home isolation.
The move comes nearly two weeks after the mandatory quarantine period for arriving travellers and close contacts of confirmed coronavirus cases in Taiwan was shortened, from 14 days to 10.
The Centers for Disease Control is also recommending that people who come into close contact with a confirmed case should take a rapid rest as soon as possible, due to the eased its border restrictions and as omicron infections are prevalent in other countries.