Emirates suspends Dubai-Taipei flights

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TAIPEI (CNA) — Dubai-based Emirates Airline announced Sunday that it is halting its daily flights between Dubai and Taipei due to the measures being taken worldwide to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus across the globe.

Starting Monday, flights between Dubai and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will be suspended indefinitely, the airline said, adding that the service on the route will be resumed until further notice.

Passengers who had already bought tickets for travel on the Dubai-Taipei route can seek either a change of dates or a refund, which will be free of cost in either case, the airline said.

On Sunday, Taiwan reported six new COVID-19 cases, its highest number in a single day, bringing the total to 59. All six cases were deemed as imported infections, contracted during overseas travel, according to Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

On Saturday, the CECC raised its travel alert for 27 European countries and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to the highest level, which requires passengers and flight crew arriving from those areas to self-quarantine for 14 days.