WUHAN VIRUS/Returning evacuee confirmed as Taiwan's 11th Wuhan coronavirus case

02/04/2020 09:54 PM
Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中, left)
Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中, left)

Taipei, Feb. 4 (CNA) Taiwan reported Tuesday its 11th case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), confirmed as one of 247 nationals evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan the previous day.

Speaking at a press event, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the news of another confirmed case was not entirely unexpected.

The government will do everything to help people get back to their normal lives, Chen said.

According to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), the latest victim is one of three who displayed symptoms of the novel coronavirus on arriving at Taoyuan International Airport late Monday on a China Eastern Airlines charter flight.

One was found to have a fever, while two had sore throats.

They were immediately rushed to hospital isolation wards, while other evacuees were placed in quarantine at three separate facilities across Taiwan.

On Tuesday, one of the three was confirmed to have contracted the 2019-nCoV virus, bringing the number of cases in the country to 11.

Meanwhile, the other two tested negative for the disease.

The CECC said everyone who has been quarantined will have their temperature taken twice a day during the 14-day quarantine period and be sent to hospital if they show suspected symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

As of Tuesday evening, over 400 people have died of the coronavirus and more than 20,000 have been infected, with the vast majority of the cases occurring in China.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Ko Lin)

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