Taiwan reported its first local coronavirus transmission Tuesday, ending 253 virus-free days with a heavy blow to an island praised for its pandemic response.
Health officials said a woman in her thirties tested positive for the coronavirus after coming into contact with a “foreign pilot” who worked for a Taiwanese airline that was an airline.
“The health units got it tested and it was confirmed positive today,” the Center for Disease Control said in a statement.
Taiwan has recorded just 770 coronavirus infections and seven deaths after closing its borders early and implementing strict quarantine rules.
As of April 12, all positive cases have come from people traveling to the island.
The vast majority of comers will have to be quarantined for two weeks and tested negative, a measure that – by Tuesday – successfully prevented carriers from bringing infections into the local community.
Pilots are currently quarantined less strictly for three days after each trip abroad.
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