Taiwan halts transit visitors for a month after fresh Covid-19 outbreak
Air bridge to Europe now closed to Macao residents, as island marshalls all its medical services to combat the pandemic.
Taiwan Health Minister Chen Shih-chung has banned transit visitors from the island for a month following the latest outbreak of community transmitted Covid-19.
All connections between Macao and Europe by Eva Air have been suspended so Macao residents can no longer fly out of the city via Taipei airport.
Chen said that to reduce the load on medical personnel, Taiwan will not allow transit visitors from 19 May to 18 June.
“Taiwan needs to concentrate its medical resources to deal with the spike in locally transmitted cases,” he said.
The ban also extends to all non-residents entering Taiwan over the same period.
Taiwan’s Covid-19 problems continue to grow with 33 new infections reported on Monday adding to the 206 reported on Sunday.
“All residents of Taiwan are urged to strictly follow the anti-Covid-19 rules and cut down their activities as much as possible,” Chen said.
The surge prompted authorities in the Greater Taipei area to shut all schools below university level in Taipei and New Taipei for two weeks from today.
The shutdown until 28 May will include junior and senior high schools, primary schools, kindergartens, nurseries and cram schools.