Health Minister Chen Shih-chung told reporters the new locally-transmitted case was a woman in her 30s who had close contact with the New Zealand pilot, who was himself confirmed to have been infected on Sunday after flying to the United States.
Chen said the New Zealand national had not correctly reported all his contacts and list of places he had been, and may be in breach of Taiwan’s communicable diseases law.
Masks at home
Japan’s struggle to contain the coronavirus ahead of the holiday season has prompted some local leaders to ask residents to embrace a more extreme precaution: wearing masks at home.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and her counterparts in three neighbouring prefectures on Monday wrote a joint message urging the elderly and people with underlying health issues – and those living with them – to wear masks at home during the New Year break. Some other prefectures, including Fukushima and Niigata, have made similar requests.
Japan is in the grip of a fresh wave of Covid-19 as winter sets in, with daily cases in Tokyo hovering at record levels. Authorities don’t have the power to enforce strict lockdowns and are having difficulty convincing people to stay in, prompting the advice on wearing masks at home to prevent them from infecting vulnerable family members.
Once lauded for its ability to control the coronavirus without imposing harsh social distancing measures, Japan is now slipping.
on Monday urged Tokyo residents to stay at home during the New Year, a time when families typically get together and visit shrines. Christmas illuminations lighting the city’s streets are being turned off early each night to discourage people from staying out.
Still, while Tokyo had a record 821 new daily cases last week, some other areas are starting to see the curve flatten or even decline. The northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, which was first to face the latest wave, reported 110 infections on Monday, down from a peak of 304 on November 20.
South Korea on Tuesday moved to shut down all ski resorts and winter tourist spots in a bid to stop the virus spreading as a third wave of the pandemic proves much tougher to contain in the densely populated region around Seoul.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said the government will close tourist attractions from December 24 to January 3. Gatherings of more than four people will be banned while tighter anti-virus curbs will be imposed on restaurants to tamp down infections. Masks have been compulsory in public since mid-November.
The announcement comes after Seoul and surrounding areas banned gatherings of more than four people over the Christmas and New Year holidays as the country recording its highest daily death toll from the coronavirus on Monday, when 24 people died in 24 hours.
South Korea reported 869 new coronavirus cases as of Monday midnight, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Tuesday, down from the record of 1,097 cases reported over the weekend.
All hotels and resorts bookings are capped at 50 per cent capacity.