The CECC announced adjustments to quarantine measures over the Lunar New Year period. Under the "10+4" policy, eligible travelers can spend the first 10 days at a quarantine hotel and the remaining four days at home.
Many people are expected to return to Taiwan for the Lunar New Year. The Central Epidemic Command Center announced revisions to its quarantine policy on Nov. 1. Under the "10+4" policy, travelers can spend the first 10 days of quarantine at a quarantine hotel and the remaining four days at home. This does not apply to arrivals from key high-risk countries, which are India, the UK, and Myanmar, who will still be required to complete a 14-day quarantine at centralized quarantine facilities. Doctors caution that this will put human nature to the test, because arrivals may not report symptoms or take tests once they're in the comfort of their own homes.
Huang Chien-hsien, Sec.-General, Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan: “This will be a big test for human nature. Let's say someone who has returned home develops symptoms and tests positive. Since this will affect the rest of his trip as well as the timing of his departure, what will he do?”
Doctors also say that although all inbound travelers are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine, there are a small number of cases where the incubation period can last up to three weeks. People are expected to travel back and forth between the north and south over the holiday period, and any asymptomatic infected person could start an outbreak at the community level.
Huang Kao-pin, Dep. Superintendent, China Medical University Hospital: “The onset after infection is about seven days in 70 to 80 percent of the cases. Meanwhile, the onset is between the seventh and 14th day in 20 to 30 percent of infected people. The entire set of supporting measures needs a very strong mechanism for verification and penalization.”
Experts caution that the Lunar New Year period is a time of high migration. Those in quarantine need to take PCR tests before exiting. Experts advise a full vaccination coverage of at least 80 percent before border restrictions should be relaxed.