Taiwan military postpones visits from US, Singapore amid coronavirus fears

All major events between March and June to be reviewed: Ministry of National Defense

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File photo of soldiers wearing masks 

File photo of soldiers wearing masks  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Visits by military delegations from the United States and Singapore will be postponed, as the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced a thorough review of events from May to June, the Ministry of National Defense announced Monday (March 23).

Taiwan’s military had planned several large-scale event for the period, but they are likely to be either postponed or canceled in order to prevent the spread of the virus, CNA reported.

While Taiwan and Singapore do not maintain official diplomatic relations, troops from the Southeast Asian city state often visit the island for training, which will now not take place until after June.

The U.S. had intended to send a delegation to witness the 36th annual edition of the Han Kuang drills, but they have already been postponed due to the virus outbreak.

Since March 2, the military has stopped accepting requests from officers to travel outside Taiwan, and those returning from overseas have been subject to quarantine measures.

The military has also emphasized it is measuring the temperature of everyone entering its facilities. In addition, the buildings are regularly disinfected and staff in confined spaces have to wear masks.

On Monday, Taiwan announced 26 new cases of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), 25 of which were imported. The country’s total stands at 195 patients, including two deaths.