Tests and mask for U.S. health chief on Taiwan visit

“They must wear masks at all times,” Chuang said.

“There are rules on where they can go,” he added, saying that Taiwan’s often crowded night markets would not be on the list for private visits.

The members of the U.S. delegation, when meeting government officials, will also have to maintain social distancing, Chuang said. They will also use dedicated elevators “to avoid any risks,” he said.

The date of Azar’s visit has not been announced, only that it will happen in coming days.

He is scheduled to meet President Tsai Ing-wen as well as Health Minister Chen Shih-chung.

Taiwan has reported 477 cases of the coronavirus and seven deaths. Most cases have been imported, and only a small number of people remain in hospital or isolation.

The United States has more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other country, and the wearing of masks has become a heated political issue, with some people objecting to what they see as an infringement of personal freedom. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard Editing by Robert Birsel)

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