Taipei-Starting Tuesday, travelers arriving from India will be quarantined at designated government facilities, free of cost, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday, as COVID-19 infections continued to climb in the south Asian nation.
At a press briefing, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (???), who heads the CECC, said that under the new protocol, anyone arriving in Taiwan from India, will be required to quarantine for the mandatory 14-days such centers only.
This includes travelers who may have visited or transited through India anytime in the two weeks prior to their arrivals in Taiwan, he said.
After the 14-day quarantine, they will be tested for COVID-19 and asked to monitor their health for another seven days, Chen said.
The quarantine period at the designated government facilities for arrivals from India will be free of cost, he said.
The new protocol was introduced amid reports that hospitals and crematoriums in India are overwhelmed, as COVID-19 infections have been spiking since early April following a series of religious festivals and political rallies.
As of Sunday, the country had reported 19.5 million infections and over 215,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The number of daily confirmed cases in India over the past 11 days has surpassed 300,000, and medical experts are estimating that the actual numbers may be 10 times higher than the official tally, according to foreign media reports.
According to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), 11 Taiwanese based in India have contracted the coronavirus to date, and one died on Saturday. The other 10 people are in self-isolation at the moment, MOFA said.
Meanwhile, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., known globally as Foxconn, told CNA Sunday that its operations in India remained normal and that it would provide the necessary relief and assistance to its staff soon.
Foxconn, a contract manufacturer of Apple Inc. devices, did not disclose whether the staff at its factories in India included Taiwanese nationals.
Another Taiwanese company that has operations in India, power management solution provider Delta Electronics Inc., said its 10 Taiwanese employees there are all in good health.
The company said it has halted construction of a new factory in India, and some of its existing production lines there have been suspended.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel