Taiwan bars arrivals from India amid COVID-19 crisis

TAIPEI: Taiwan will suspend from Tuesday (May 4) the entry of people who have been to India over the previous 14 days, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said, the latest place to enforce curbs on travel from coronavirus-battered India.

The Indian variant of the virus has reached at least 17 countries, including Britain, Iran and Switzerland, spurring several to close their borders to those travelling from India.

India’s tally of infections stood just shy of 20 million on Monday, after it reported more than 300,000 new coronavirus cases for a 12th straight day.

READ: India’s COVID-19 cases near 20 million, peak seen nearing

Except for Taiwan citizens, all those who had been in India in the prior 14 days would be kept out, Chen said on Monday, with the restriction taking effect at midnight.

Returning Taiwanese will have to spend 14 days in centralised quarantine facilities.

READ: India COVID-19 variant: What we know so far

Earlier, Deputy Economy Minister Chen Chern-chyi said the government was considering whether to send an aircraft to evacuate the 150 Taiwanese businesspeople now in India.

However, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said their assessment was there was currently no need to organise such an evacuation, adding that no other country was doing this. 

Countries around the world have been rushing to help India alleviate the crisis.

Taiwan’s first batch of aid to India to help it fight a surging increase in COVID-19 infections left for New Delhi on Sunday, consisting of 150 oxygen concentrators and 500 oxygen cylinders,

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