CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 6 new imported COVID-19 cases

01/11/2021 04:01 PM
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Taipei, Jan. 11 (CNA) Taiwan on Monday reported six additional imported COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of the cases in the country to 834, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said three of the new cases confirmed that day involved three Egyptian nationals who were part of a cluster of infections in the same family after one of their family members tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 8.

The family arrived in Taiwan on Jan. 5 with negative test reports taken three days before they boarded their flight.

The three individuals -- two in their teens and one woman in her 30s -- who had been placed in home quarantine, showed symptoms of dizziness, runny nose and sore throat on Jan. 7 and were asked to take a test that day, the results of which returned positive on Monday.

According to the CECC, the family traveled between Taiwan and Egypt regularly since one of their family members works here.

Chuang said the health authorities have traced 27 contacts, including nine sitting in the two rows in front of and behind the Egyptians. All of the nine have been placed in home quarantine and 15 members of the flight crew have been placed under self-health management, according to the CECC.

The fourth case is that of a female worker from the Philippines in her 40s who arrived in Taiwan Dec. 20, presenting a negative COVID-19 test report she took three days before departing for Taiwan, the CECC said.

The Filipina took a test on Jan. 2 before her mandatory quarantine ended, which was also negative, the CECC said.

The woman took another test on Jan. 8 during self-health management in her dormitory arranged by her employer and came up with a positive report Monday, the CECC added.

However, the Filipina has been asymptomatic since arriving in Taiwan, according to the CECC. Three people who had contact with the migrant worker have been placed under self-health management, the CECC said.

The fifth case is a male fishery worker from Indonesia in his 20s who arrived in Taiwan on Dec. 25, again with a negative test report. He took another test on Jan. 7 before his quarantine ended, which also came up negative.

On Jan. 9, however, he took another test arranged by his labor broker, which was positive for COVID-19 Monday. The CECC said that four contacts have been traced and placed under self-health management.

The sixth case is a Taiwanese national in his 30s who returned to Taiwan on Jan. 3 from a trip to the United States in late November.

While he presented a negative test report upon arrival in Taiwan, the man developed a brief fever on Jan. 4 and then showed symptoms of an abnormal sense of smell and taste on Jan. 8.

He was tested on Jan. 8 and confirmed to have COVID-19 Monday. The CECC has traced 18 contacts, five of whom have been placed in home isolation and the rest under self-health management, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 834 cases of COVID-19, with 739 classified as imported. Of the total, 726 have recovered, seven have died and 101 remain in hospital, CECC data shows.

As the pandemic continues, COVID-19 has infected more than 90.20 million people in 191 countries and regions, with about 1.94 million fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Monday.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Frances Huang)

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