CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan sees new COVID-19 case imported from Philippines

08/15/2020 04:51 PM
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CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang. CNA file photo
CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang. CNA file photo

Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) Taiwan on Saturday recorded one new case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 482 since the pandemic began, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The person infected is a Taiwanese woman in her 20s who had been living in the Philippines since last August and returned to Taiwan on Aug. 13, said CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) at a press conference.

She began experiencing a loss of sense of smell, a runny nose and muscle soreness on Aug. 10, but did not seek medical help in the Philippines, according to Chuang.

Chuang said the CECC is tracking eight people who had come into contact with the woman -- including three passengers who sat near her on the airplane -- who are now in home isolation, and five flight crew members who have been asked to conduct self-health measures.

The new case brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Taiwan to 482, with 390 classified as imported.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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