CORONAVIRUS/11 Palauan nationals in Taiwan to return home on charter flight

06/09/2020 06:22 PM
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Taipei, June 9 (CNA) Eleven Palauan nationals, all medical referral patients and their relatives, are set to return home on a charter flight Wednesday after completing medical treatment in Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed Tuesday.

Palau's Office of the President shared a press release from the country's National Emergency Committee on Monday (local time) on its Facebook page that 58 Palau residents "stranded" in Guam and Taiwan, mostly students and medical referral patients, will be brought home on June 10 and June 12 on charter flights.

Taiwan's foreign ministry spokeswomen Joanne Ou (歐江安) confirmed the Facebook post during a regular press conference Tuesday.

"The Palau government has arranged a medical charter plane to pick up 11 Palauan medical referral patients in Taiwan at 11 a.m. on Wednesday," Ou said.

As a precautionary measure to keep the Pacific nation COVID-19 free, the Palauan nationals were tested for the coronavirus at Shin Kong Memorial Wu Ho-Su Hospital Tuesday morning, with results to be known in the afternoon, according to Ou.

Shin Kong Memorial Wu Ho-Su Hospital signed a medical referral agreement and a memorandum on medical cooperation programs with Palau's Ministry of Health in 2008 and 2011 respectively, according to its website.

Should all of those tested for the coronavirus be negative, they will be transported to Taoyuan International Airport on Wednesday in vehicles provided by the hospital, wearing face masks for the duration of the journey, she said.

They will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in Palau in accordance with the country's COVID-19 regulations, Ou said.

Ou declined to reveal other details, including when the Palauan nationals arrived in Taiwan and what medical conditions they had, saying only that such medical cooperation highlights Taiwan's will to provide humanitarian assistance.

(By Emerson Lim)

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