Taiwan will quarantine all pilots for its largest provider China Airways Ltd for 14 days because it tries to cease an outbreak of COVID-19 amongst its crew.
This may successfully floor the airline, the Well being Minister stated on Monday.
Taiwan has typically saved the pandemic below management resulting from early prevention with solely sporadic home circumstances.
Nevertheless, since final month, it has been coping with an outbreak linked to China Airways pilots and an airport resort the place lots of them stayed.
There have been 35 confirmed infections up to now within the outbreak.
Well being Minister, Chen Shih-Chung, instructed reporters that the one method to break what they imagine is a series of transmission on the provider is to quarantine all China Airways pilots presently in Taiwan and ship into quarantine those that return to Taiwan.
“This may have a big effect on China Airways, on its passenger and freighter flights in addition to for the crew too.
“However for the security of the entire group we can not however make this choice,’’ he stated.
The transfer successfully amounted to a 14-day grounding for the airline and the pilots will solely be allowed out of quarantine as soon as they’ve examined destructive, Chen added.
China Airways didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark, although it has stated repeatedly it’s cooperating with the federal government to finish the infections and that it has stepped up vaccinating its workers, together with pilots.
Taiwan’s well being authorities believed a few of the pilots bought contaminated first abroad, then unfold the an infection upon returning to Taiwan.
In addition they thought that others might have been contaminated by pilots from different airways staying on the similar resort.
The federal government has been alarmed by the circumstances as a few of the pilots went to bars and eating places in northern Taiwan earlier than their infections had been confirmed, operating the danger of group transmission.
Though no infections have been linked to that but.
The airport resort has since been evacuated and is present process a deep clear.