WUHAN VIRUS/Taiwan reports two new cases of Wuhan coronavirus

02/06/2020 05:22 PM
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中)
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中)

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) Another two cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) were confirmed in Taiwan on Thursday, bringing the total number in the country to 13, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

The two latest patients are a man in his 40s and a woman in her 20s, both in northern Taiwan, CDCC commander and Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at a press conference.

According to Chen, the man traveled to the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus, in December for work purposes. He also visited Liaoning Province on Jan. 17 and returned to Taiwan via Dalian City in the province on Feb. 2.

A day after the man arrived home, he developed respiratory symptoms, and he was hospitalized on Feb. 4, Chen said.

The female patient, meanwhile, is a long-term resident of Wuhan who returned to Taiwan on Jan. 21 via Shenzhen City in Guangdong Province, he said.

The woman sought medical attention on Feb. 4 after she developed a cough and respiratory problems, Chen said, adding that the two patients are now in hospital quarantine and are in stable condition.

Among the other 11 people in Taiwan who have been diagnosed with the Wuhan virus, one was discharged from hospital Thursday, and the others are all in stable condition, according to the CDCC.

Meanwhile, health authorities are still awaiting the test results on 247 Taiwanese who were evacuated from Wuhan on a charter flight on Feb. 3.

One of the evacuees has been diagnosed with the 2019-nCoV and is among five of them now in quarantine after they reported symptoms such a cough, fever, abdominal pain and/or respiratory problems, health authorities said.

So far the test results have cleared 73 of the 247 evacuees, Chen said.

As of Thursday morning, China had recorded more than 28,000 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV and 560-plus deaths, while a few cases had been reported in 26 other countries around the world.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Joseph Yeh)

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