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Taiwan has reintroduced higher level entry restrictions, closing its borders to everyone but citizens, residents, and a small number of excepted categories from 1 January, after it detected the first case of the UK variant of Covid-19.
Health authorities said today that a Taiwanese teenager returned from the UK on Sunday, and had a fever when he landed. He was sent to hospital, and was diagnosed with the new strain of Covid-19 on Monday. Health and welfare minister Chen Shih-chung said the boy was receiving treatment and was stable.
The UK variant is believed to be about 70% more infectious, and has prompted numerous countries to increase quarantine or entirely ban entry for people from the UK.
In response to the case Taiwan authorities said quarantine and border restrictions will be tightened from 1 January. The only groups allowed to enter will be citizens and residents, diplomats, spouses/children of citizens, and business visitors fulfilling contractual obligations. Until now, there have been a limited number of allowable reasons to travel to Taiwan, including working holiday visas and business trips. All non-air crew arrivals must do 15 nights quarantine in a government-designated hotel or an approved place of residence, except for business travelers who were only required to do five.
Last week Taiwan recorded its first community transmission since April, in a Taiwanese woman who was friends with a pilot who authorities said traveled to and from the US and moved around Taipei while infectious. Health authorities tested dozens of contacts, and said no further cases had been found. In response authorities increased the quarantine requirements for air crews.
Taiwan reports first case of new strain
UK becomes first country to approve Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
Czech Republic reports record rise in infections
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Source: The Guardian
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