CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan confirms 3 new imported cases of COVID-19

09/19/2020 06:00 PM
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CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) / CNA file photo
CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) / CNA file photo

Taipei, Sept. 19 (CNA) Three people who entered Taiwan recently have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.

The three new cases -- one Filipino and two Taiwanese -- brought the total number recorded in Taiwan to 506 since the country reported its first COVID-19 infection on Jan. 21.

The Philippine national, a man in his 20s, entered Taiwan on Sept. 17 and for work purposes and was tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, as is required for all arrivals from the Philippines, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said.

The man reported no symptoms on arrival but developed a sore throat the following day, and his COVID-19 test subsequently came back positive, Chuang said.

The patient has been transferred from a government-designated quarantine facility to a negative pressure quarantine room at a local hospital, while the 13 passengers who sat closest to him on the flight are in home quarantine and are being closely monitored, the CECC said.

According to the epidemic command center, the other two new cases are Taiwanese nationals who returned from Myanmar and Japan on Sept. 17 and Sept. 11, respectively.

One of them, a man in his 30s, went to Myanmar on a business trip in February, and when he returned to Taiwan on Thursday, he was tested for COVID-19 because he reported that he had dined recently with a friend who was later diagnosed with the disease.

The Taiwanese man has tested positive and has been hospitalized with symptoms such a sore throat, cough and stuffy nose, the CECC said.

In its contact tracing, the CECC said, it has identified 18 people who had contact with the man on the flight to Taiwan -- 13 passengers and five crew members.

Meanwhile, the third case is a Taiwanese woman in her 50s who lives in Japan and returned this week for the funeral of a relative, the CECC said.

Upon arrival, the woman was tested at the airport after she told quarantine officers there that she had a cough and a sore throat, which she developed Aug. 28-30 in Japan, but her COVID-19 test was negative, the CECC said.

On Friday, while in home quarantine, she sought permission to attend a relative's funeral and was tested again as a precaution, the CECC said, adding that the second test was positive.

The woman is now in a negative pressure room at a local hospital, and her relatives who came in brief contact with her at the airport have been asked to observe self-health management, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 506 cases of COVID-19, with 414 classified as imported. Of the total, 479 have recovered, seven have died, and 20 are in hospital, according to CECC data.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Ko Lin)

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