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Taiwan to Shut Borders to Foreigners in Bid to Combat Virus
« on: March 19, 2020, 05:35:10 AM »
Taiwan to Shut Borders to Foreigners in Bid to Combat Virus
By Debby Wu and Samson Ellis
March 17, 2020, 8:40 PM PDT

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-18/taiwan-to-shut-borders-to-foreigners-in-bid-to-combat-virus

Taiwan plans to bar all new arrivals by foreign nationals, adding to the growing ranks of governments shutting their borders in a bid to slow the global spread of the coronavirus.

The ban on arrivals will start Thursday, according to Chen Shih-chung, the head of Taiwan’s coronavirus command center. Exceptions will be granted to those with residence permits, diplomats and anyone arriving to carry out commercial contracts.

The move comes as Taiwan battles a sharp increase in imported coronavirus cases over the past few days, despite a slowdown in local transmissions of the disease. The island’s government announced 10 new cases Tuesday, all of them imported by people returning from overseas travel, in the biggest single-day jump since the beginning of the outbreak.