CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan-bound humanitarian flight to bring passengers from Guam

Jakarta/Taipei,  A Taiwan-bound humanitarian charter flight has been arranged for Jan. 11 to transport about 50 passengers who are either in need of medical care or stranded on the islands of Guam and Saipan, Taiwan’s representative office in Guam said on Wednesday.

The planned flight, first reported by the Guam Daily Post earlier Wednesday, will be operated by China Airlines, one of Taiwan’s major carriers.

It will carry Guam residents seeking off-island medical treatment and Taiwanese nationals stranded in the United States territory due to COVID-19-triggered unemployment, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Guam told CNA.

The passengers will include five Guamanian patients and four of their family members, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press conference in Taipei.

In addition, according to TECO, the husband of Guam Memorial Hospital Administrator Lillian Perez-Posadas is among the passengers seeking medical care and the administrator will be accompanying him.

The flight, coordinated by the United Chinese Association of Guam, is a joint effort made by the government of Guam, the Guam International Airport Authority, the Guam Memorial Hospital, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Ministry of Health and Welfare, and Taiwanese communities in the territory, among others, TECO said.

The arrangement is also made possible by Taichung-based China Medical University Hospital and E-Da Hospital in Kaohsiung — the two medical institutions that will provide treatment for the passengers seeking medical attention, TECO said.

All the arriving passengers will be required to observe Taiwan’s COVID-19 protocols put in place by the CECC, MOFA spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) said Wednesday.

Passengers travelling between Taiwan and Guam have to transit through a third place as direct flights between the two locations have been suspended since March 2020 amid concern over the spread of COVID-19, according to the ministry.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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