lørdag 8. februar 2020

Taiwan Delays Spring Semester, Tightens Travel Rules Over Coronavirus Worries

Taiwan’s health authorities are stepping up their precautions and continuing to monitor for cases of the novel coronavirus (officially known as 2019-nCoV) due to the high rate of travel in the region as many return from the Lunar New Year holiday. Amid existing confirmed cases entering Taiwan via China, three new cases were reported Thursday night to have been picked up and brought to Taiwan through Macau and Hong Kong. There is an increased worry that imported cases could spread locally.

Taiwan’s public schools and universities are a major area Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are paying attention to. To address the concern of the virus’ spread, the CDC and Taiwan’s Ministry of Education have announced a two-week extension of the New Year holiday, with schools opening two weeks later than scheduled. The two-week delay impacts the island’s public school system (elementary through senior high) and universities.