UK COVID-19 Strain Reported in Taiwan

Taiwan on Wednesday has reported its first imported case of the new, more contagious coronavirus strain from the United Kingdom.

Taiwan on Wednesday has reported its first imported case of the new, more contagious coronavirus strain from the United Kingdom.

The new strain, which is identified as B.1.1.7, has been found to be up to 70 percent more transmissible than the original strain.

On Wednesday, Health Minister and Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung announced that Case No. 792, a male in his teens who arrived from London on Sunday has tested positive for the new strain of the virus.

As two other passengers had tested positive for coronavirus on that day, Taiwan’s two major airlines has suspended all flights to the United Kingdom on Jan. 1, 2021. 

After discovering that at least one of the passengers from Flight CI 082 has been infected with the new strain, all foreigners who do not hold a residence permit wouldn’t be able to enter Taiwan, also effective Jan. 1.

The CECC is currently carrying out a genetic sequence comparison on the other recently diagnosed patients to test if they have also contracted the new strain.


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