Taiwanese military personnel returning from 29 countries to be quarantined

Military adopting tougher measures to ward off Wuhan coronavirus

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(Military News Agency photo)

(Military News Agency photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Military personnel who have traveled to any of the 29 countries on which travel warnings have been imposed will be subject to a 14-day quarantine after returning as Taiwan beefs up efforts to stem the spread of the Wuhan virus (COVID-19).

While those quarantined will be paid, 14 days will be deducted from their annual leave, said the Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Sunday (Feb. 23). In addition, Taiwan’s security personnel have been banned from traveling abroad or asked to postpone such plans, according to the National Security Bureau (NSB).

In addition, strict temperature screening will be implemented at the country’s defense units, and officers and soldiers are advised against visiting crowded places or attending social gatherings, reported CNA.

The 29 countries or areas for which the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control has issued travel advisories include China, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Germany, Australia, the U.S., France, Australia, the U.K., the United Arab Emirates, Canada, India, the Philippines, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Finland, Cambodia, Nepal, Belgium, Sweden, Egypt, and Iran.