Taiwan pilot tests positive for COVID after first AstraZeneca vaccination

10-May-2021 Intellasia | Taiwan News | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Taiwan confirmed on Saturday (May 8) that an airline pilot inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine and a relative were infected with COVID-19.

Together with three new imported cases, they brought the total for Taiwan to 1,183, the Central Epidemic Command centre (CECC) said. Recent domestic infections have focused on China Airlines (CAL) pilots and staff at a Novotel hotel near Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Case No.1183 was a pilot whose source of infection still had to be investigated, according to the CECC. He was a man in his 50s who had flown to Vietnam on April 19 and to Thailand on April 22. He had worked on simulation training with a pilot later confirmed as case No.1153.

On April 29, he received his first AstraZeneca vaccine, but on May 4, he experienced fatigue and two days later developed a fever. A test taken later on May 6 turned out positive, and two contacts were ordered to quarantine.

Case No.1184 was a woman in her 50s who lived in the same household as the pilot, the CECC said. She took a test because he had been diagnosed with the coronavirus. As she had visited a Taipei Fubon Bank branch in the Taipei City district of Neihu on May 5, the office was being disinfected, reports said.

Taiwan’s total number of 1,183 coronavirus cases includes 12 deaths and 12 cases still under investigation. The country also counted 1,036 imported cases, 96 local ones, 36 originating from the Taiwan Navy’s “Goodwill Fleet,” two infected on board a flight, and one case classified as unresolved. Another case, No. 530, was later dismissed, explaining why the latest of Saturday’s new patients was labeled as case No. 1,184.

As of Saturday, 89 patients were still being cared for at hospitals, with 1,082 having been released from care, according to the latest CECC statistics.



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