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On Monday, Taiwan’s Center for Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported Taiwan has 24 new imported cases of COVID-19, the Taiwan News reported. 

The cases include twenty Indonesians and four Taiwanese who returned from different countries.

They came from the US (2), the UK (1), and the Philippines (1). 

On Monday, Taiwan’s Minister of Health and CECC head, Chen Shih-Chung, announced the added cases raise Taiwan’s total confirmed cases to 676. 

The international community has praised Taiwan in the past due to its effective measures in beating the coronavirus during its onset. 

In fact, in July, the country only reported 451 COVID-19 cases, with seven deaths. 

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Stricter COVID-19 Measures in Taiwan

The bulk of the cases from Monday came from Indonesia. Moreover, it consists of men and women with ages ranging between the 20s and 40s. 

There has been a recent spike of cases from Indonesian workers going to Taiwan recently. That is why last week, the CECC told its health departments to perform COVID-19 testing on all migrants undergoing quarantine. So far, according to the News, out of the 939 tested, 916 resulted negative from the virus.

Taiwan announced last week it would suspend the entry of Indonesian workers into the country from December 4 to 17. 

Moreover, starting Tuesday, it will require all travelers returning to the country to present negative COVID-19 PCR test results.

According to the Strait Times, those taking the test should take them three days before their departure date.

Taiwan’s Health Minister explained the new policy has already been announced last week. 

In fact, the main reason for the added measure is to anticipate the influx of Taiwanese returning home for the holiday season. 

The CECC hopes this stricter measure would assist in curbing the infection in the country. 

According to the Times, before, only foreigners are required to take the PCR test to enter Taiwan. 

However, there has been an increase of imported infections since October from returning Taiwanese. 

Furthermore, authorities also worry about the quality of tests some returnees might present upon their return to Taiwan, resulting in fake results. 

In fact, the government added a fine of about $7,026 for people caught presenting a faulty result. 

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