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Taiwan imposed highest travel warning advisory on all countries amid COVID-19 pandemic

Taiwan will place all foreign countries and territories under its highest Level 3 travel warning starting Saturday, but the move became largely symbolic after a 14-day home quarantine was imposed on all inbound travelers starting Thursday.

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said that the Level 3 warning, which previously applied to 101 countries and territories covering virtually all of Europe and Asia, will be extended to reflect the global spread of COVID-19 to regions including Latin America, Africa and Oceania.

According to CECC regulations travelers who make unnecessary trips to an area under a Level 3 warning may not apply for the government's NT$1,000 (US$33) daily home quarantine subsidy.

To prepare for an estimated 14,000 travelers who will return to Taiwan in the coming days, the CECC said surgical face masks will go on sale Saturday in duty-free shops at five Taiwanese airports.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan has surged from 50 on March 13 to 135 following the announcement of 27 new cases Friday.

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