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Covid-19 spike,Taiwan curb flow of workers

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People wear face masks to protect against the spread of Covid-19 at a night market in Taipei on Nov 29. (AP pic)

TAIPEI: There is an increase in the number of Covid-19 infections among migrant workers arriving from the region, Taiwan limit the number of Indonesian workers coming to the island this week the government said on Monday.

More than 250,000 migrant workers from Indonesia live in Taiwan. It also has the largest number of virus infections and deaths in Southeast Asia.

While early and successful preventive measures have enabled the island to keep the pandemic well under control, with no local transmission for more than 200 days, the number of imported cases has risen steadily.

Since the beginning of this month, over 70 Indonesians coming to Taiwan to work, mostly as domestic helpers, have tested positive, government figures show, mostly while still in compulsory 14-day quarantine.

The Central Epidemic Command Centre of Taiwan announced that it would suspend the entry of Indonesian staff from 4 December to 17 December and decide whether to resume the entry from 18 December. However, it restricted the number to half of what was anticipated.

Subsequent interventions, it added, would depend on the situation.

Twenty out of 24 new cases identified on Monday, Taiwan said, came from Indonesia. A total of 103 individuals are either in isolation or are receiving treatment in Taiwan for the disease in hospital.

Taiwan will stiffen entry conditions for all arrivals from next month onwards. It is requiring proof of negative checks from almost all of them. It includes Taiwanese nationals who have not previously had to provide such evidence.

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