By: Shen Peng-ta and Joseph Yeh
Taipei, April 21 (CNA) A total of 229 Taiwan nationals, previously stranded in China's Hubei province due to the COVID-19 outbreak, returned to the country on a special flight late Tuesday and were immediately placed in quarantine.
The government-contracted China Airlines (CAL) flight departed Shanghai's Pudong International Airport around 7:30 p.m. and arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 9:11 p.m.
Upon arrival, the 229 Taiwan nationals, 175 adults and 54 children, according to the Border Control Corps, received a health check at a provisional facility at the airport and were sent to a designated quarantine site, where they will serve their two-week quarantine period.
Before the plane took-off from Shanghai, four Taiwanese who were originally scheduled to take the flight were found holding expired travel documents and unable to leave China, according to the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) which arranged the flight. [FULL STORY]