CORONAVIRUS/Three new imported cases of COVID-19 reported in Taiwan

09/28/2020 05:47 PM
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CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) / CNA photo Sept. 28, 2020
CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) / CNA photo Sept. 28, 2020

Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA) Taiwan reported three new imported cases of COVID-19 on Monday, two of them involving Philippine nationals and one involving a Taiwanese man returning from Indonesia, raising the total number of infections to 513 since the outbreak began.

One of the Filipinos was a man in his 20s who arrived in Taiwan to work on Sept. 11, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing in Taipei on Monday.

As with all travelers coming in from the Philippines, the man was tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, but the test came back negative, and he was put in a government-designated quarantine facility, Chuang said.

He was given a second COVID-19 test on Sept. 26 after the expiration of his 14-day quarantine the previous day, and that came back positive on Monday, according to Chuang.

The Filipino man headed to his workplace shortly after getting tested on Sept. 26, and the CECC has already tracked down 39 people who came in contact with him.

The other Filipino case was a man in his 40s who arrived in Taiwan from the Philippines on Sept. 23, and his COVID-19 test upon arrival came back as a "weak positive."

Although the man had shown no symptoms since entering Taiwan, he was given a second COVID-19 test on Sept. 26 to check the original finding, which came back positive Monday.

The CECC said it tracked down 63 people who may have come into contact with him on the airplane or at the airport on arrival and will see if they may also be infected.

The other case involved a Taiwanese man who went to Indonesia in late July and was hit by fatigue, diarrhea, and abdominal pain on Sept. 19 and diagnosed with a peptic ulcer.

The Taiwanese man returned to Taiwan on Sept. 26 and notified airport health officials of his symptoms.

He was tested before being quarantined the same day, and the test came back positive on Monday. He has been put into hospital quarantine, according to Chuang.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 513 cases of COVID-19, with 421 classified as imported. Of the total, 482 have recovered, seven have died, and 24 are in the hospital, according to CECC data.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)

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