CECC reports first domestic coronavirus case in 253 days

21 December, 2020

Courtesy of ICRT

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) is reporting Taiwan's first domestic coronavirus case since April 12.

Health officials say the case is a Taiwanese woman in her 30s who had close contact with an EVA Airways employed New Zealand national, who tested positive for the virus on Sunday.

According to the CECC, the New Zealander knowingly failed to mention that he had contact with the woman when questioned over any contacts with people he had made between 8 and 12 December.

The woman was only located following a police investigation.

Authorities say the woman and the pilot visited the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store in Tianmu in Taipei on 8 December, shopped at the SOGO Department in Tianmu on 10 December and visited Costco's Nankan outlet in Taoyuan on 11 December.


All of those places have now been disinfected.

The CECC says it has traced 167 people who had contact with the woman and all of them will be tested.

Of those contacts, 154 are under self-health management protocols while 13 others are in home quarantine.

The New Zealand national, who lives in Taoyuan, has been fined NT$300,000 under the Communicable Disease Control Act for his failure to disclose all relevant information during the contact-tracing investigation.

And EVA Airways says if it finds that the pilot violated its epidemic prevention rules, he will be fired.

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