Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) The annual Wanan air defense drill was held across Taiwan on Wednesday, with civilians not required to shelter in place.

The 30-minute drill, designated No. 44 this year, took place at 1:30 p.m. with air raid sirens going off across the country.

According to the Ministry of National Defense (MND), in light of COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Central Epidemic Command Center to prevent large gatherings, the usual suspension of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on roads will not be imposed this year and people will be allowed to go about their daily routines.

The drill is aimed mainly at raising awareness of emergency warnings, so as to reduce the possibility of casualties and damage, particularly in the event of an air attack.

As such, a number of citizens received text messages on their phones, which the MND explained as a part of the drill to stress-test “defense updates,” “air raid warnings” and “text message delivery capabilities.”

The MND publicized the plethora of warning systems to be used during the drill, urging the general public to remain calm and not panic when receiving such alerts.

(By Yu Kai-hsiang and James Lo)


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