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CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan to stop COVID-19 rapid test kits to overseas arrivals

02/20/2023 04:46 PM
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Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Monday that Taiwan will no longer distribute rapid antigen test kits for COVID-19 to overseas arrivals and close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 patients starting March 1.

The decision to stop distributing the test kits, which have been free for arriving travelers, was made in view of current domestic and global epidemic trends, the CECC said.

Since Feb. 7, people flying into Taiwan have received a single at-home rapid test kit, while close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 patients have also been issued one for free by local health authorities.

Before then, four kits were issued to arriving travelers to help them check their health during a seven-day self-health monitoring period and ensure that they were COVID-free before leaving the place where they were staying.

On Feb. 7, however, Taiwan said it would no longer require overseas arrivals to take COVID-19 rapid tests during the seven-day period.

The CECC said members of the public who needed rapid antigen tests could still easily purchase them through various channels, including pharmacies, convenience stores or supermarkets.

Although the domestic COVID-19 situation has been gradually improving, there is still a risk of community transmission, the CECC said, and it reminded people to abide by epidemic prevention regulations, maintain good personal hygiene, and cover their mouths when coughing.

The CECC also urged people to get vaccinated against the disease to improve their protection against severe illness and death.

(By Chen Chieh-ling, Yu Hsiao-han and Ko Lin)


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