Airline sacks pilot blamed for Taiwan's first local virus infection since April
12/24/2020|3:12:37 PM|AFP

A pilot blamed for infecting two colleagues and causing Taiwan's first local coronavirus transmission since April was fired on Wednesday, his airline said.

The island's clean streak of 253 days without local Covid-19 infections ended on Tuesday after a local woman who had contact with the pilot, a New Zealander, tested positive.

The airline in a statement said he had violated pandemic prevention regulations and caused "serious damage to the company's reputation and image."

The New Zealander did not wear a mask while on duty earlier this month despite being reminded by a Taiwanese pilot, who along with a Japanese colleague also tested positive, according to EVA Airways.

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