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Taiwan to stop COVID-19 test for arrivals coming from the Philippines with no symptoms


COVID-19 testing of all travelers to Taiwan arriving from the Philippines for those with no symptoms is now suspended by Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).


Though CECC said it will require all travelers from the Philippines be tested before their mandatory 14-day quarantine period ends.


Health Minister and CECC commander Chen Shih-chung said that the changes were agreed after considering epidemic hazard, the characteristic of the novel coronavirus disease, and testing efficiency.


CECC decided to adjusted its screening measure targeting travelers from the Philippines after consultations with more health experts in Taiwan.


However, all travelers from the Philippines with or without COVID-19 symptoms -- still have to be isolated for 14 days at designated quarantine centers and be tested before the isolation period ends, Chen added.

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