SARS PROMPTS CALL TO CUT PALAU-TAIWAN FLIGHTS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, May 16) - There have been calls
in Palau for air links to be cut to Taiwan because of SARS.

This is being demanded by lawmakers, business leaders and
medical professionals who fear that Palau lacks the means to cope with a SARS
outbreak.

Health officials say closing the borders to Taiwan will not
remove the risk because Palau will still be connected via the Philippines and
Guam.

The head of the Palau Bureau of Clinical Services, Gregory Dever,
says it’s more important to focus on preparation than on attempts to seal the
border.

May 16, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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