Taiwan to ease Covid-19 restrictions as cases drop


Some of the curbs in Taiwan were eased this month, but the so-called level three alert has been in force and is due to end on July 26. - AP

TAIPEI (Reuters): Taiwan will ease its Covid-19 restrictions from next week though some will remain in place, the government said on Friday (July 23), with rapidly falling case numbers giving authorities confidence to further lower the alert level.

Taiwan implemented restrictions on gatherings, including closing entertainment venues and limiting restaurants to take-out service, in mid-May following a spike in domestic cases after months of no or few cases apart from imported ones.

While some of those curbs were eased this month, the so-called level 3 alert has been in force and is due to end on July 26.

Premier Su Tseng-chang said the alert would be lowered to level 2 from Tuesday.

"The domestic epidemic has gradually stabilised and is heading towards a good direction," Su said.

"Citizens should still strictly follow all pandemic prevention guidance to guard this hard-earned achievement after restrictions are relaxed."

The health ministry will announce details of the new guidance later on Friday, he said.

Taiwan's decision stands in contrast to many of its regional neighbours, like Thailand and Indonesia, where infections, largely driven by the spread of the Delta variant, are spiralling, leading to ever tighter curbs.

Taiwan has never gone into a full lockdown, though its borders remain largely closed apart from to citizens and foreign residence card holders.

Taiwan, whose domestic outbreak was always comparatively small, has reported 15,511 infections since the pandemic began, and 782 deaths.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Taiwan , covid-19 , restrictions

   

Next In Aseanplus News

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City to restart construction works in October
Shanghai encourages 'duty-free economy' as part of consumer push
China’s carbon neutral goal: Beijing approves creation of power grid equipment giant to meet decarbonisation needs
Myanmar Covid-19 cases continue to rise - health ministry reports 2,187 new cases, 75 more deaths
Cambodian leader Hun Sen is boasting he barged into opposition video call
Laos: Health ministry advises Covid-19 vaccine jabs for pregnant women and older students
SpaceX capsule with world's first all-civilian orbital crew set for splashdown
Flooding most serious climate change impact in South-East Asia, says climate survey
Vietnam govts agrees to release US$116 million to procure 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccines
CCSA sets up guidelines for reopening Thailand in time for high tourism season

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers