A Filipino citizen who recently transited in Taiwan en route to Hong Kong was diagnosed with COVID-19. However, as there were no ROC nationals sitting within two rows of her on her flight and the ground crews were all wearing protective garments, no one needs to be home quarantined.
A Filipino national that transited in Taiwan en route to Hong Kong has tested positive for COVID-19. The woman, a migrant worker in her 30s, flew from Manila to Hong Kong via Taipei on the 3rd. She tested positive on the 4th. Her transit time in Taiwan was around 96 minutes.
She was probably infected four days prior. On average, it takes around four days. There is absolutely no chance she was infected while transiting in Taiwan. Therefore, she was infected before she got to Taiwan. If she flew over from the Philippines, then she was most likely infected in the Philippines.
Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center says there were no ROC citizens sitting in the two rows in front of or behind the woman on the flight, and she was only in Taiwan for a short time. As the center says the woman must have been infected in the Philippines and ground crews in Taiwan wear protective garments, no one needs to be quarantined.
All ground crews are protected very well with protective goggles, gloves and masks. Therefore, overall -- we are currently following up with the flight crew and ground crew but they will not be asked to home quarantine.
Taoyuan International Airport currently serves around 300 transit passengers a day. The center says transit time is currently limited to eight hours and transit passengers must take a designated route through the airport. In addition, they are monitored when they eat and shop at the airport.