Taiwan requires mandatory quarantine for travelers from PH starting August 12

Marje Pelayo   •   August 11, 2020   •   1075

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The government of Taiwan imposed a new quarantine policy for travelers arriving from the Philippines starting Wednesday (August 12). 

The country’s Health Ministry announced the new regulation on Sunday (August 9) prompted by the rising number of imported coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases from the Philippines, according to the latest report of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The CECC reported that five percent of all arrivals from the Philippines between July 16 to August 8 tested positive for COVID-19 in comparison with only 0.03 percent for those coming from other parts of the world.

Under the new regulation, all travelers from the Philippines will be transported upon arrival to official quarantine locations to serve the 14-day mandatory quarantine period. 

This applies to Taiwanese citizens, resident permit holders, migrant workers, international students, and diplomatic officials. 

The 14-day stay in the quarantine facility will  incur a fee of NT$1,500 equivalent to US$51 (P2,500) per day except for  Taiwanese citizens and resident permit holders whose expenses will be shouldered by the government. MNP (with reports from Amiel Pascual)

Taiwan extends COVID-19 Alert Level 3 until June 14

Marje Pelayo   •   May 26, 2021

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Schools as well as public and business venues will remain closed until June 14 amid a fresh surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Only essential service providers will be allowed to open, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Wednesday (May 26).

The directive followed the extension of Alert Level 3 in the country’s COVID Four-Level Alert System as more and more domestic transmission is being reported.

Restaurants and other food businesses are expected to bear the brunt of the new restriction as they are forced to close for more weeks.

On Tuesday (May 25), the CECC recorded a total of 544 cases of COVID-19 infection including two imported cases.

Currently, Taiwan has administered around 311,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.

In a post on Twitter, President Tsai Ing-Wen said more doses are expected to arrive in the country in the coming days.

Specifically, Taiwan is expecting around two million doses of COVID-19 vaccine next month while an additional 10 million doses are coming in August. MNP (with reports from Amiel Pascual)

Taiwan issues epidemic prevention guidelines amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Marje Pelayo   •   May 20, 2021

Various government agencies in Taiwan gathered to formulate and implement a set of guidelines for the protection of its workers amid the surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.

At present, the total domestic cases of COVID-19 in Taiwan reached 959 on May 15, according to the country’s Central Epidemic Command Center.

Thus, concerned government agencies agreed to impose stricter crowd control, restrictions in group activities and intensify foreign migrant workers management.

“The government of Taiwan has always taken the focus of giving a response and remaining cautious amidst the crisis. We are also paying very close attention to any latest change because we understand that our industry is playing a critical role in the global supply chain,” said Spokesperson of the Executive Yuan Luo Bing-cheng.

In response to this, the national government of Taiwan directed all companies in the country to create their respective epidemic response teams that will oversee, monitor and assure the strict implementation of epidemic prevention measures.

Also, the number of guests will be limited in factories and areas with a high number of COVID-cases.

Control flow will be placed in buildings and public spaces will be temporarily closed.

All meetings will be held through video conferencing to avoid physical contact.

Given the situation, the Ministry of Economic Affairs is confident that Taiwan’s semiconductor industry remains stable.

“We are confident that with our past years experience controlling the pandemic and also with increased medical resources and better informed public we will be able to fight this critical fight if we work in unity,” Lou Bing-cheng noted.

From Wednesday (May 19) to June 18, Taiwan’s borders will be closed to international arrivals except for citizens and legal residents.

This measure prompted the Ministry of Labor to allow employers to extend the permit of migrant workers under their care to three months more. MNP (with reports from Amiel Pascual)

Health workers under quarantine should still receive full hazard pay – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   April 28, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – Healthcare workers should still receive their hazard pay in full even if they undergo mandatory quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.

Citing a joint memorandum circular by the DOH and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that healthcare workers who had to be quarantined after exposure to COVID-19 patient should still receive their benefits.

“Hindi po yan dapat mangyari. Within our protocols and even in a DOH and DBM joint circular that was issued, sinabi dito na ang ating mga healthcare workers who are to undergo quarantine because of being exposed should still receive their benefits,” she said in an online briefing.

Vergeire pointed out that quarantine period for health workers is still considered paid time for work.

“Kailangan po nating pagsabihan ito pong ating mga ospital o ‘di kaya ay ibang mga ahensya […] They still have to receive their hazard pay even when they undergo quarantine kasi ito pong quarantine ay kino-consider natin as a paid time for work,” she added.

The health official noted that healthcare workers at the DOH who undergo isolation but are not showing symptoms still perform limited work duties.

“So the work is still there, so kailangan pa rin maka-receive ng hazard pay ng ating healthcare workers,” she said.

The DOH issued the statement after some groups claimed that health workers’ hazard pay was cut down due to the mandatory quarantine period.

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