Taipei, December 2 (CNA) Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday removed Hong Kong from a list of countries and territories where business travelers can apply for a shorter quarantine period upon arrival in Taiwan, citing a recent spike in cases in there. .
According to the CECC, Hong Kong has reported more than 700 locally transmitted cases in the past two weeks, 144 of which have an unclear source of infection. This is a huge increase compared to the number of cases in previous months, which is why Hong Kong has been removed from the list.
In Taiwan, business travelers from countries deemed low to medium risk or low risk for COVID-19 can apply for quarantine in less than the usual 14 days, as long as they take a self-paid COVID-19 test at the end of the quarantine period and come back negative.
Those from low-risk countries can apply for the lifting of quarantine on the fifth day of their arrival, while those from low to moderate risk countries can do so after seven days.
When the list was first published in June, Hong Kong was considered to be at low to moderate risk for the disease, but was scrapped in July due to an increasing number of cases.
It was added to the list again as a low to moderate risk country on September 9, before being removed a second time on Wednesday.
The latest list published by the CECC on Wednesday classifies 15 countries and territories as low risk – New Zealand, Macau, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Thailand, Bhutan, Laos, Nauru, Timor-Leste, Mauritius, Vietnam, Marshall Islands, Singapore and Cambodia.
It lists Australia as low to moderate risk.
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