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South Korea removed from COVID-19 'low-to-moderate' risk list

ROC Central News Agency

11/11/2020 04:45 PM

Taipei, Nov. 11 (CNA) The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday removed South Korea from its list of countries from which business travelers can apply for shorter quarantine periods upon arrival in Taiwan, citing a recent surge in local cases there.

South Korea has continued to see cluster infections in care homes, companies, schools and churches, and the number of locally transmitted cases has continued to rise, which is why it has been removed from the list, the CECC said.

In Taiwan, business travelers from countries deemed to be at low-to-moderate or low risk for COVID-19 can apply to be quarantined for fewer than the normal 14 days, as long as they take a self-paid COVID-19 test at the end of the quarantine period and it comes back negative.

Those from low-risk countries can apply to have their quarantines lifted on the fifth day after their arrival, while those from low-to-moderate risk countries can do so after seven days.

When the list was first published in June, South Korea was deemed of low-to-moderate risk for the disease, but was removed in August due to rising case numbers.

It was added to the list again as a low-to-moderate risk country on Oct. 21, before being removed a second time on Wednesday.

The updated list published by the CECC on Wednesday classified 14 countries and regions as low risk -- New Zealand, Macau, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Thailand, Mongolia, Bhutan, Laos, Nauru, Timor-Leste, Mauritius, Vietnam and the Marshall Islands.

It listed Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, and Cambodia as being of low-to-moderate risk.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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