Dec. 30 (UPI) — The extremely contagious British variant of the novel coronavirus has entered Taiwan, prompting the native authorities to bar all foreigners with out particular permits from coming into the nation starting Jan. 1.

Taiwan’s Well being Minister Chen Shih-chung mentioned Wednesday that the brand new mutated type of the virus was present in Case No. 792 within the island nation — a Taiwanese teen who flew in from London on Sunday, Taiwan Information and native media reported.

The passenger submitted a unfavourable check outcome taken inside three days earlier than boarding the China Airways flight, however confirmed fever signs after arriving Sunday, in line with the report.

The teenager’s temperature was additionally taken earlier than boarding. The passenger instructed authorities in Taiwan he didn’t take fever-reducing medication, in line with Taipei Instances.

The passenger examined optimistic Monday. In keeping with Chen, the genome of a pattern taken from the affected person matched a mutation recognized in Britain.

Taiwan has suspended all flights to Britain, efficient Jan. 1. New journey restrictions ban all foreigners with out residence permits, with exceptions being made for overseas diplomats, overseas members of the family of Taiwanese residents and different folks with “particular entry permits,” Taiwan Information reported.

Native media beforehand linked overseas passport holders to the current uptick in instances within the nation, which has been hailed a COVID-19 success story for its low caseload and virus response.

By late Wednesday, native time, Taipei reported two new instances, bringing the entire to 797 for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

In neighboring China, well being authorities are urging residents to keep away from journey throughout the Lunar New 12 months, from Feb. 11 to 17.

China’s Nationwide Well being Fee mentioned employees ought to keep away from touring throughout the nation to see household throughout the vacation. The state company additionally urged native governments to implement the coverage on its on-line web site Tuesday.