In an attempt to slow the spread of a new wave of the COVID-19 virus, Taiwan has confirmed it will place all pilots working for China Airlines into a 14-day mandatory quarantine. A recent surge in cases in Taiwan has been linked to pilots working for the airline. The decision will impact passengers, crew, and all of the airline’s operations, including cargo.
Due to its proximity to China, where the COVID-19 virus originated, Taiwan experienced its first case of the virus early on in January 2020. However, since then, Taiwan has only had 12 deaths. The low death toll is due to the fast and effective implementation of public health measures, including social distancing, quarantine, and face masks.
However, in recent weeks there has been a surge of cases that health officials tracked to pilots working for China Airlines. Many pilots working for the airline stayed at the same airport hotel, which is the source of at least 35 new infections. As a result, Taiwan will put all pilots for the airline into a two-week quarantine.
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