In response to the increasing number of confirmed novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infections in Guangdong, China, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) will start listing Guangdong as a level 2 coronavirus outbreak zone on Feb. 4. Any travelers that have been to Guangdong are required to conduct home quarantine.

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Date : 2020/2/3
Updated : 2020/2/4 下午 03:23:00

In response to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China, the CECC held an expert advisory meeting to discuss the measures needed to take on travelers entering Taiwan. A conclusion was made to separate 2019-nCoV infected areas in China into two levels. Level 1 coronavirus outbreak zones are areas showing community spreading that are difficult to control; Level 2 coronavirus outbreak zones are areas suspect of local community spreading. Anyone with history of traveling to level 2 zones are required to conduct home quarantine. Starting tomorrow (Feb. 4) Guangdong will be listed as a level 2 coronavirus outbreak zone. All Chinese nationals living in Guangdong are ban from entering Taiwan. Furthermore, travelers entering Taiwan via Mini Three Links will also be subject to a mandatory 14-day home quarantine. The level of self-care for travelers traveling from China, Hong Kong, and Macau who do not exhibit any symptom is raise from self-health observation to self-health management. During the self-care period, travelers should refrain from leaving their homes, if travelers must leave their homes, then a facemask should be worn. Travelers showing symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection but tested to be negative are still required to conduct a 14-day self-health management program.

The CECC stated the confirmed 2019-nCoV infections in Guangdong have increased to 520 cases, with more than 90% of the tier 2 prefectures in the province infected and 15% of the cases have no history of traveling to Hubei, China. In Guangdong, many cases of community infection clusters are found, and there are evidences of community spread as the virus is found moving into other areas. Considering the situation and the numerous regular flights between Taiwan and Guangdong every week, the CECC decided to designate Guangdong as a level 2 coronavirus outbreak zone. Any traveler with the history of traveling to Guangdong are required to be listed to conduct home quarantine. Any traveler exhibiting 2019-nCoV infection symptoms, including fever or shortness of breath, the traveler will be sent to a designated medical institution for screening and send back home for home quarantine. If the screening shows positive, the protocol for confirmed case treatment will be carried out and the patient quarantined.

The CECC will watchfully monitor the situation of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China and adjust the prevention measures according to the development of the outbreak. Once again, the CECC would like to remind all travelers to make sure to report to the airport or port quarantine staff if experiencing fever, cough and other discomfort, and comply to all screening and prevention measures. If you have exhibited signs of the aforementioned symptoms within 14 days after returning to Taiwan, call the toll-free disease prevention hotline 1922 (or 0800-001922) and wear a face mask following the instruction and seek immediate medical attention. Be sure to disclose your history of travel, occupation, contact, and cluster (TOCC) to the doctor for faster diagnosis report. For more information on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) also known as Wuhan coronavirus, check the Centers for Disease Control website: https://www.cdc.gov.tw.

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