Taiwanese tourists share plane with Wuhan virus patient, denied entry into Israel

11 Taiwanese nationals to be tested for COVID-19 after flying with former Diamond Princess passenger

Taiwanese tourist group shares plane with Israeli coronavirus patient. (Pixabay photo)

Taiwanese tourist group shares plane with Israeli coronavirus patient. (Pixabay photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed Monday (March 2) that a group of Taiwanese tourists was denied access into Israel after flying on the same plane as a passenger infected by the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

During a press interview Monday, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) pointed out that 11 Taiwanese nationals have been forced to return to Taiwan after an individual on their plane was confirmed to have contracted the infectious disease. They are expected to land at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport at around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, according to New Talk.

Chuang said that the infected individual is an Israeli citizen who had just finished quarantine after being infected on the virus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. The man began to experience severe coughing during the flight, and despite a negative test result prior to his departure from Japan, he tested again positive for the virus after disembarking from the aircraft, reported UDN.

Chuang said that the tour group had landed in Israel on Friday (Feb. 28) but was turned back by immigration authorities due to their having been on the same flight as the coronavirus case. He added that a medical team will perform initial screenings on the 11 Taiwanese, who will be required to self-quarantine at home for 14 days absent any symptoms of the virus, reported CNA.