TAIPEI, Dec. 22 (CNA) - Taiwan on Tuesday (Dec 22) reported its first locally transmitted case of COVID-19 in more than eight months.

The local case is a woman who is a friend of a previous case, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung told a news conference.

According to a Facebook post by the health ministry, they were in contact from Dec 7 to Dec 12. She was also in contact with 167 people, of whom 13 have been quarantined.

Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) last reported a locally transmitted COVID-19 case on Apr 12.

The island also reported three more imported COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has recorded 770 COVID-19 cases and seven deaths.