CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports new imported case of COVID-19 from the Philippines

09/16/2020 06:15 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) A Philippine woman was diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in Taiwan to 500, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

The woman, who is in her 30s, was asymptomatic when she arrived in Taiwan on Sept. 13 for work purposes, but was tested for COVID-19 at the airport as required for all arrivals from the Philippines before being sent to a government-designated quarantine center.

The test came back positive on Wednesday, according to the CECC.

The woman is now in the hospital but has yet to show any symptoms of COVID-19, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 500 cases of COVID-19, with 408 classified as imported. Of the total, 477 have recovered, seven have died, and 16 are in the hospital, according to the CECC.

Meanwhile, the CECC announced Wednesday the removal of Myanmar from its list of countries and regions with low-to-moderate risk of COVID-19 and the addition of Marshall Islands to the low risk list.

Myanmar was removed from the low-to-moderate risk list due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in the country, with the total number of confirmed cases having exceeded 2,600, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC.

Meanwhile, the Marshall Islands was added to the low-risk list because it has not yet reported any COVID-19 cases.

Business travelers from countries on either list can have the standard 14-day quarantine for all arrivals in Taiwan shortened if they take a COVID-19 test at their own expense during the quarantine period and it comes back negative.

Those from low-risk countries can apply to have their quarantine shortened to five days and those from low-to-moderate risk countries to seven days with a negative test.

The updated list published by the CECC on Wednesday classified 15 countries and regions as low risk -- New Zealand, Macau, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Thailand, Mongolia, Bhutan, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nauru, East Timor, Mauritius, Vietnam and the Marshall Islands.

It listed Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong as being of low-to-moderate risk.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)

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