An EVA Air pilot from New Zealand was fined by the Taoyuan City Public Health Department for being dishonest about his recent travel and contact history.
It was later revealed that he had infected a woman with COVID-19. Chain break with no new Taiwan local cases has been around for eight months.
During a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳 時 中) announced Taiwan’s first confirmed local COVID-19 infection since April 12.
Chen said the local infection case, Case number 771, was a woman in her. 30-year-olds in close contact with Case No. 765, New Zealand pilot who was involved in cluster infection among pilots.
On the same day, the Taoyuan Health Department announced that the pilot will be fined NT $ 300,000 ($ 10,600) for violating the “Infectious Disease Control Act” (傳染病 防治 法).
The health ministry said the pilot had to pay the fine within seven days of receiving the notice.
If he does not pay the fine, the health department will notify the Taoyuan Branch of the Administrative Enforcement Agency (AEA). After receiving the notice, AEA will ask the pilot to pay the fine.
If he continues to refuse to pay the fine, it will be deducted directly from his salary and deposit. This is followed by the deduction from any real estate owned.
If the fine has not yet been received, the authorities will have to resort to his exit restriction.
During the CECC interview, the New Zealander said that he could not remember where he went and “had no habit of recording where and when he went.” He also did not mention that he was in contact with Case 771 within six days.
After a police investigation was carried out on December 21, they discovered that New Zealanders were closely linked to Case No. 771 from December 7 to December 12.
She is listed as a contact person, tested on the same day and diagnosed with COVID-19 on December 22.
The health department said the pilot did not disclose in detail his exposure history and activity during the epidemic investigation, which hindered the time taken to take prevention measures and increased the risk of transmission infect the community.
As a result, the health department decided to fine NT $ 300,000 under the “Infectious Disease Control Act.”