CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan to maintain current masking rules through April

03/28/2022 04:04 PM
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Taipei, March 28 (CNA) Taiwan will maintain its current mask mandate for the period of April 1-April 30, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Monday, citing a recent rise in domestic COVID-19 cases around the country.

The current mandate requires people to wear a mask at all times when they are outside of their homes. They are only exempted from the rule when eating, participating in water-related activities, or if they are in outdoor spaces with very few people, such as forests or fields.

Other exemptions to the mask mandate, which have been extended for the month of April, include exercising indoors or outdoors, taking individual or group photos indoors or outdoors, and driving alone or with family members in a car.

People will also still be allowed to eat on trains, intercity buses, ferries, and on domestic flights, while food sampling will continue to be permitted at markets, the CECC said.

Meanwhile, masks will remain mandatory while singing karaoke, and individuals attending banquets will continue to be banned from going from table to table and toasting guests, according to the CECC.

The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of March 28, Taiwan recorded 1,085 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 7,149 from 2,375 on Dec. 31.
The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of March 28, Taiwan recorded 1,085 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 7,149 from 2,375 on Dec. 31.

Taiwan has recently seen a rise in locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases, with the 83 domestic cases reported on Sunday marking the highest daily total in the country since June 7 of last year.

On Monday, 34 new domestic cases were confirmed.

(By Chen Chieh-ling, Chiang Hui-chun and Matthew Mazzetta)

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