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Taiwan bans airline transit amid increasing COVID-19 cases


The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has become a global pandemic and the number of imported cases continues to rise.


In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 through air transport, the CECC has announced that it will suspend the transit of airline passengers through Taiwan from 00:00 Taipei Standard Time (GMT+8) on March 24 (Tuesday) until April 7, to decrease the cross-border movement of people and to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

The move is to "reduce the cross-border movement of people and lower the risk of disease transmission", the government said in a statement.

The ban will mostly affect Taiwan's two main carriers, China Airlines and Eva Airways, which have in recent years marketed Taipei as a convenient and affordable transit airport, competing with Hong Kong and Singapore.


Meanwhile, passenger numbers at the Taoyuan airport have been plummeting since Taiwan and the global community began imposing travel restrictions in January to limit the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Taiwan began barring most foreign nationals from entering the country, and requiring foreigners who can enter the country and Taiwanese citizens to go into self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

A total of 16 new coronavirus cases, 13 of which originated overseas, were confirmed in Taiwan on Sunday, bringing the total number to 169 since the outbreak began.



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