The sources of Taiwan's Covid-19 outbreak

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Last year, Taiwan went more than 250 days without reporting any locally transmitted cases of COVID-19, according to CNN. However as of Wednesday morning, May 19, it had 1,119 active cases, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency.

The outbreak has been linked to pilots entering the country and comes in the wake of an April 15 decision to reduce their quarantine times, according to Bloomberg.

On April 29, guests and staff at the Taipei Taoyuan International Airport Novotel hotel were evacuated after an employee was diagnosed with COVID-19. The hotel had been used as a quarantine site for airline crew members and as a lodging for normal guests, according to Taiwan News.

Days later, the outbreak resurfaced, this time with nine cases connected to the former president of the Lions Club International branch in New Taipei City, who tested positive having visited a hostess bar in Taipei City's Wanhua District, now a virus hotspot, according to Bloomberg.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Soldiers disinfecting school play area
2. Airplane arriving
3. Novotel hotel evacuated
4. Hostess bar where outbreak may have accelerated
5. Rapid testing center
6. Comparison of vaccination levels: Taiwan, China, U.S., U.K.

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Last year, Taiwan went more than 250 days without reporting any locally transmitted cases of COVID-19, according to CNN. However, after an outbreak last week, as of Wednesday morning, May 19, it had 1,119 active cases, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency."

"The outbreak has been linked to pilots entering the country and comes in the wake of an April 15 decision to reduce their quarantine times, according to Bloomberg."

"On April 29, guests and staff at the Taipei Taoyuan International Airport Novotel hotel were evacuated after an employee was diagnosed with COVID-19. The hotel had been used as a quarantine site for airline crew members and as a lodging for normal guests, according to Taiwan News."

"Days later, on May 11, the outbreak resurfaced, this time with nine cases connected to the former president of the Lions Club International branch in New Taipei City, who tested positive having visited a hostess bar in Taipei City's Wanhua District, an area that is now a virus hotspot, according to Bloomberg."

"Though rapid testing sites are now being set up according to Taiwan's Central News Agency, Bloomberg cites Our World in Data in reporting that until now Taiwan has had one of the lowest COVID-19 testing rates in the world."

"What's more, by Monday, May 17, just 0.9 percent of Taiwan's 23.5 million population had received their first vaccine shot. China meanwhile has administered enough vaccines to cover 14.5 percent of its population, while in the U.K. and the U.S., over 30 percent of people are already fully vaccinated."


SOURCES: Bloomberg, CNN, Taiwan News, CNA
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