CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 2 imported cases of COVID-19 from the Philippines

09/11/2020 04:38 PM
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Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) / CNA photo Sept. 11, 2020
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) / CNA photo Sept. 11, 2020

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) A Philippine national and a Taiwanese man were diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in Taiwan to 498, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

The Filipina was a pregnant woman in her 30s who arrived in Taiwan on Aug. 30 after having tested negative for COVID-19 three days prior to boarding her flight that transited through Hong Kong, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at a press briefing in Taipei.

The woman, who came to Taiwan to visit her family, was tested again for COVID-19 upon arrival, as Taiwan requires for all people coming in from the Philippines, and the test came back negative.

She was tested one more time on Thursday while still in a government-designated quarantine facility because she was about to give birth, and the result came back positive Friday.

The woman, who has not shown any symptoms of COVID-19, was tested because any person in quarantine who has to go to a hospital gets tested for the disease, Chen said.

According to the CECC, the woman has been placed in a negative pressure room and separated from her newborn son, who will also be tested for the disease in the near future.

The other COVID-19 patient is a Taiwanese man in his 60s, who traveled to the Philippines in January for work purposes and returned to Taiwan on Wednesday, Chen said.

He developed a fever, dry cough and back pain on July 14 but tested negative for COVID-19 twice while still in the Philippines, with the most recent negative result coming on Aug. 7.

The test he was given upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport, however, came back positive on Friday, and he is now in isolation at a local hospital.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 498 cases of COVID-19, with 406 classified as imported. Of the total, 475 have recovered, seven have died, and 16 are in the hospital, according to the CECC.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Ko Lin)

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