CECC expresses concern of Delta variant spread after son of pilot tests positive

The son of one of the pilots suspected of contracting the Delta variant virus has tested positive on Friday. (File photo courtesy of NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) confirmed on Friday that the son of one of the pilots who had recently been categorized as a breakthrough case had contracted COVID-19.

The child, who is currently a student at a local high school in Taoyuan, had already been in class for two days before his infection was confirmed.

After discussions with the local health department, the CECC asked the school to postpone in-person classes for 14 days and required faculty and students to undergo PCR testing.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) acknowledged that previous virus-prevention rules state if one person contracts the virus, just that one class would be dismissed and online class will be resumed.

The previous regulations state that only after two people from the same school have contracted the virus will the school shut down.

However, Chen stressed that because it’s extremely likely that the pilot had contracted the Delta variant COVID-19 virus, all classes in the school will be held online for the time being.

Breakthrough cases, meaning those who contract the virus even after receiving two vaccine shots, have been on the rise in Taiwan.

The CECC has reported three breakthrough cases so far, all of whom are pilots.

The pilots’ cluster infections (cases 16066, 16119, 16120) resulted in case 16122, who is the aforementioned child of case 16120.

Twenty-six possible contacts of case 16066 have all been tested, and all the results have all come back negative.

Meanwhile, contacts of cases 16119 and 16120 are mainly under quarantine at a central facility.

Only two have negative test results, while case 16122 has tested positive.

Due to the circumstances, the CECC has issued the reinforcement of quarantine rules for pilots and cabin crew members (強化機組員返臺後防檢疫規定) returning to Taiwan, effective immediately.