Taiwan bans inbound medical travel

Hospitals in Taiwan have cut outpatient services and banned medical tourism, to preserve resources amid its worst outbreak of coronavirus.

Taiwan is racing to contain its worst outbreak of the coronavirus, aiming to protect public health while averting a full lockdown that could derail what has been one of the outstanding health and economic success stories of the pandemic.

Authorities put the capital Taipei and the surrounding New Taipei City into a soft lockdown, limiting the sizes of indoor and outdoor gatherings and shutting most recreational facilities and businesses.

The island has shut down all schools and restrictions have extended to the entire territory: restaurants, gyms and other public places have been closed and gatherings of more than five people indoors and of more than ten people outdoors have been banned.

Hospitals are cutting down outpatient services and will bar medical tourism until further notice to preserve resources.

A full lockdown could be imposed if local infections average 100 or more for 14 days.