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214 Taiwanese from China's Hubei Province released from quarantine

ROC Central News Agency

04/14/2020 04:38 PM

Taipei, April 14 (CNA) A total of 214 Taiwanese nationals who returned to Taiwan in late March after being stranded in the Chinese province of Hubei completed their 14-day quarantine Tuesday.

They began leaving the quarantine center early Tuesday morning.

The Taiwanese were trapped in Hubei, the epicenter of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, due to a lockdown imposed on the province from late January, and were only allowed to leave after restrictions were lifted on March 25.

In order to return to Taiwan, they had to make their own way from Hubei to Shanghai's Pudong International Airport to catch the second of two flights chartered by the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) to bring them home on March 30.

SEF is an intermediary body established in 1990 to handle cross-Taiwan Strait affairs in the absence of formal ties.

The first flight, which left a day earlier, carried 153 Taiwanese nationals back to Taiwan, all of whom were released from quarantine on Monday.

According to Huang Tsun-cheng (黃遵誠), deputy superintendent of Taipei City Hospital, 58 of the 214 Taiwanese were under 7 years old, with the youngest only 10 months old.

Also in the group were three pregnant women, Huang said, adding that all were in good health.

(By Huang Li-yun and Chiang Yi-ching)

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