Taiwan records first local COVID-19 case in 8 months

Taiwan has recorded its first locally transmitted coronavirus case in over eight months.

Tourists wear protective face masks while passing by a flag rising ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, March 11, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Ann Wang)

The confirmed case ends the nation’s streak of 255 days without local transmission after being among the first to respond to the virus threat.

The infected person is a woman in her 30s who reportedly had contact with a foreign pilot who also tested positive for the virus, the health ministry said in a statement.

Taiwan had been virus free since April 12. The island had begun its preventative measures from as early as January, when banned residents from Wuhan China – where the virus originated – after recording its first case.

The nation went into a lockdown on January 23, long before most took any steps to combat the virus. Its early measures helped it to return to some semblance of normalcy even as countries around the world struggled to fight the pandemic threat.

The country of 23 million people has recorded 779 cases of the coronavirus since the outbreak began.