Taiwan to resume forehead thermometer exports

03/30/2020 09:04 PM
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Taipei, March 30 (CNA) Taiwan will resume exports of infrared forehead thermometers in April, ending a one-month ban after an increase in production capacity, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said Monday.

The ministry suspended exports earlier this month to ensure a steady domestic supply amid the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The ban, which was introduced on March 4 and ends on Tuesday, prohibited the export of infrared forehead thermometers without a permit from the government.

As domestic manufacturers have secured adequate supplies of raw materials, forehead thermometer manufacture and daily production capacity is growing and able to meet domestic demand, so it was decided not to extend the ban, the ministry said.

Although the ban on face mask exports that started in January after Taiwan reported its first confirmed COVID-19 case will remain in place until late April, the Central Epidemic Command Center announced Monday that from April 9 people will be allowed to send 30 face masks each time to overseas relatives within the second degree.

First degree relatives include an individual's parents, offspring, and siblings, while second-degree relatives include an individual's grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and half-siblings.

(By Wu Po-wei and Evelyn Kao)

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