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CORONAVIRUS/Negative test report required for travelers flying to Kinmen

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Taipei, May 23 (CNA) Kinmen County government on Sunday announced that it will require travelers arriving by air to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from no more than three days before their flight, as Taiwan proper is currently experiencing a surge in domestically transmitted infections.

The new measure will come into effective on Monday, and those unable to produce the required document will have to take a rapid test at Kinmen airport, the county's Public Health Bureau said in a statement.

If a test comes back positive, the passengers will immediately be taken by ambulance to Kinmen Hospital, the bureau said, noting that the new measure was introduced to shield the outlying county from the possible spread of the virus.

Taiwan's three outlying countries -- Kinmen, Penghu and Lienchiang -- as well as Taitung County are the only places in the nation where no domestic cases had been reported as of Sunday.

Lienchiang County mainly comprises the Matsu archipelago.

According to Kinmen County government, currently there are only 16 independent sight-seeing travelers in Kinmen and no tour groups.

Because most tourist attractions have been closed amid the pandemic, it expects the new restriction targeting those flying into the county to mainly impact Kinmen residents who are now in Taiwan proper, it said.

To date, Taiwan has reported a total of 4,322 COVID-19 cases, of which 3,158 have been domestic infections, the vast majority of which have been reported since May 15 in Taipei and New Taipei, according to data from the Central Epidemic Command Center.

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