Taiwan imposes new regulations after first Covid case since April

Citizens urged to stay vigilant as investigation continues into Zealand-born pilot blamed for spreading infection

The change in Taipei was subtle but apparent. Within hours of authorities announcing Taiwan’s first community transmission of Covid-19 since April, more people were wearing masks in more places, and hand sanitiser dispensers suddenly appeared in doorways, positioned so people would have to step around them to avoid the hint.

Until Tuesday Taiwan had gone 253 days without a local case of the virus ravaging the rest of the world. The circumstances around the new case have sparked fear and fury.

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