Exclusive | Aircrew quarantine for preventing Delta virus invasion has become stricter since Wednesday!Flying high-risk countries back to Taiwan all have to be shut down for 14 days | Apple News | Apple Daily

The crew members who were on the road on July 1st returned to Taiwan for quarantine regulations. Less than a month after implementation, they have to be adjusted again! The Central Epidemic Command Center issued a letter a few days ago that in view of the global spread of the Delta variant and its strong spread, in order to reduce the risk of the virus entering the community, quarantine measures for the crew will be strengthened from July 21, even if the crew finishes 2 doses of vaccine and is full In 2 weeks, the long-distance class returns to Taiwan for one more PCR test, and the “enhanced version” of independent health management must be implemented. In the past 14 days, if you have sent flights to key high-risk countries, regardless of long or short shifts, or if you have been vaccinated, you will have to stay in an epidemic prevention hotel or company’s epidemic prevention dormitory for 14 days.

From Wednesday, crew members will be shut down for 14 days regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not flying to high-risk countries.

“Apple News” got the news, and the epidemic command center recently notified airlines to strengthen crew quarantine measures since July 21. Originally regulated long-distance flights returning to Taiwan from July 1st, those who have received full 2 ​​doses of vaccines for 2 weeks can be exempted from home quarantine. Only 7 days of independent health management are required. PCR testing is required every 3 months. Serum antibody testing and monitoring. However, starting from July 21st, even if a long-haul flight returns to Taiwan and has received full 2 ​​doses of the vaccine and has been fully vaccinated for 2 weeks, an additional PCR test will be performed on the day of entry, and an “enhanced version” of independent health management will be implemented. The term expires Do another PCR test.

The command center also requires that, in order to ensure the safety of the community, the crew members who enter the country must not leave the place of residence before the first PCR test is negative, and they must not come into contact with people who live with them.

The new regulations also require that those who have flown to “key high-risk countries” in the past 14 days, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not, whether they have received a few doses, regardless of long or short flights, as long as the aircraft has landed in these countries, they will return to Taiwan. The team members must be forced to stay in the epidemic prevention hotel or company’s epidemic prevention dormitory for 14 days, and the PCR test is negative before they can leave the customs.

Since the former command center only announced that medical staff, inpatients, and accompanying patients, if they have received two full doses of vaccine for 14 days, they can be exempted from compulsory inspection. The Ministry of Health and Welfare even believes that the original regulations require medical staff to conduct inspections every week. It was hard, and the nurse cried because of the pain and discomfort of the test, which made people feel reluctant. However, the organic team member reluctantly said: “The medical staff is in contact with high-risk confirmed patients. After the vaccine is given, there is no need to take the test. However, the crew also finishes the vaccine. They are on duty and fly with complete protective equipment, and they are closed overseas. After returning to Taiwan, it has to undergo multiple inspections. I really don’t understand this epidemic prevention logic!”

The crew wailed: I really don’t understand this epidemic prevention logic!

Another crew member also reported that it is understandable that the command center has strengthened border control in order to prevent the Delta mutant virus from invading the Taiwanese community. However, the command center should not ignore that the crew members must be kept in isolation when they are outside the station, rather than pre-designated crew members. In addition, after returning to Taiwan, one more PCR test can indeed protect the crew and their families, but it is changed to implement an enhanced version of independent health management, which prevents the crew from using public transportation to move around Taiwan, which is very inconvenient .

Chen Zongyan, deputy commander of the Epidemic Command Center, explained in a press conference this afternoon (7/19) that the home quarantine adjustments for the crew members to return to Taiwan will begin on July 21. If they fly to high-risk countries, they will be returned to Taiwan. After Tianju’s home quarantine, the inspection will be carried out on the 14th day; for long-haul flights on other routes, for those who have been inoculated with 2 doses for more than 2 weeks and have positive antibodies, they will be adjusted to 7 days after returning to Taiwan with enhanced independent health management. PCR will be tested on the 0th and 7th day after the stage. In the face of the global epidemic, the crew’s quarantine management will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the management of outstations and the management of aircraft must be strictly implemented.

Chen Shizhong, the commander of the Epidemic Command Center, emphasized that the border control will be rolled over at any time when the international epidemic on the border before the close is re-emerged. In the case of an epidemic, it will only become tighter and not looser. At present, if the number of confirmed cases in China is less than 10 for several days, and there are 5 cases in the community, there is indeed a chance to downgrade, but the downgrade will be gradual, and the ability to respond to the epidemic needs to be strengthened, and if there is any epidemic, it must be upgraded.

According to people familiar with the matter, the command center made such a decision last week, mainly considering that the Delta virus strain is particularly strong, especially during the onset of the virus, the amount of virus is very high, and the Ct value is very low at the beginning. There is a very strong infectious power, which is 60% stronger than the British mutant.

Another part of the main factor is that the mainstream virus strains in neighboring countries such as South Korea and Singapore have gradually changed to Delta virus strains. Singapore also imposed stricter measures on crew members at the end of June, extending the quarantine time from 14 days to 21 days. , Only returned to 14 days in July. It can be determined that the Delta virus strain has extremely high infectious power in the early stage of the disease. Therefore, the command center made such a decision after discussion with experts last week.

Chen Zongyan refutes Internet rumors that there is a problem with the diversion of Taoji

There are articles on the Internet criticizing the traffic diversion problem at Taoji Airport, thinking that there are multiple problems such as poor traffic and inconvenient form filling. Chen Zongyan sternly refuted today. He emphasized that the airport team, whether the airport company, airline, CIQS, or pick-up team, etc., work together so that Chinese people can return home with peace of mind. The entire airport has been constantly adjusted and corrected in response to the international epidemic from last year to the present. Passengers on each flight go. After the past, there was a disinfection team for disinfection, as well as regular disinfection, etc. The airport movement was very clear and orderly.

Chen Zongyan emphasized that since it was announced that all entrants must be fully inspected, there were only 5 inspection windows at the beginning, and now there are 19 in total. New inspection stations will be added in the first terminal in the next few days. After each passenger enters for inspection , We will clear them first, and then let the next passenger in. Each time there are 2-3 personnel responsible for clearing them. Passengers then take the anti-epidemic vehicle and leave the airport to the anti-epidemic hotel in order, all in an orderly manner. “From last year until now, there have been various defamatory articles appearing, which is a great harm to all airport epidemic prevention teams.”

Chen Shizhong added that there are more articles on the Internet saying that the airport has done a good job in epidemic prevention than other such slanderous articles. I hope everyone will not be discouraged and just follow the SOP. (Ganzhiyu, Huang Zhongqiu/Reported by Taipei)

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