Update: CECC mulls temporarily banning Indonesian migrant workers from entering Taiwan

Taiwan has recorded 27 coronavirus cases imported from Indonesia in one week

Taiwanese officials considering temporary ban of new Indonesian workers as pandemic worsens. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs photo)

Taiwanese officials considering temporary ban of new Indonesian workers as pandemic worsens. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs photo)

[Update: November 30 at 15:54]

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Monday (Nov. 30) that all migrant workers from Indonesia will be banned from entering Taiwan for two weeks, starting Dec. 4.

During a press conference Monday afternoon, the CECC announced 24 new imported coronavirus cases, 20 of which were Indonesian nationals coming to work in Taiwan. As a result, it has decided to place a temporary entry ban on all Indonesian migrant workers between Dec. 4 and 17.

The CECC said it will decide whether to continue the measure on Dec. 18 based on Indonesia's pandemic situation then. It added that the number of Indonesian migrant workers allowed to travel to Taiwan could be cut in half if the entry restriction were to be lifted.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday (Nov. 29) it is considering a temporary ban on Indonesian workers entering Taiwan in response to the recent spike in imported coronavirus cases.

As another wave of the pandemic sweeps across the world, Taiwan has begun to see a surge in imported infections. Over the last week, the country has recorded 31 imported cases, 27 of which came from Indonesia.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, CECC Spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) pointed out that most of the recent Indonesian cases were caregivers coming to work in Taiwan. He said the percentage of Indonesian arrivals infected with coronavirus has been relatively high and that officials are brainstorming ways to reduce the risk of community clusters in the country.

Chuang admitted that the CECC is thinking about temporarily banning Indonesian workers from entry, but he said more discussion with the Ministry of Labor is needed. He added that the government has prohibited eight Indonesian manpower agencies from bringing workers to Taiwan, reported New Talk.

Currently, all Indonesian workers are subject to a 14-day quarantine at a government-designated site after arriving in the country. Starting Dec. 1, they and most other arrivals in Taiwan will be required to present proof of a negative coronavirus test within three days of departure.

Updated : 2021-01-20 05:50 GMT+08:00