will cut mandatory quarantine for all arrivals to seven days from 10, in the latest relaxation of rules as the island tries to and resume normal life despite a spike in domestic infections.
Taiwanese authorities have kept quarantine rules in place even as large parts of the rest of Asia have relaxed or lifted them completely, though isolation time had already been reduced from two weeks to 10 days in March.
The island has reported some 125,000 domestic cases since the beginning of the year, driven by the more infectious Omicron variant. But with more than 99 per cent of patients showing no or mild symptoms, the government has relaxed rather than tightened restrictions in what it calls the “new Taiwan model”.
The easing of the quarantine rule, which comes into effect next Monday, was made due to Omicron’s short incubation period and to take into account “the maintenance of domestic pandemic prevention capacity, socio-economic activities and effective risk control”, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Centre said.