CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports one new imported case of COVID-19

02/20/2021 05:26 PM
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Health Minister Chen Shih-chung. Photo courtesy of the CECC
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) Taiwan reported a new imported case of COVID-19 on Saturday involving a Filipino national who arrived in the country earlier this month to work, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The man in his 20s arrived in Taiwan on Feb. 3 with a negative test report upon arrival and did not show any symptoms of the disease, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at a press briefing in Taipei.

He was tested again for COVID-19 after his release from his 14-day mandatory quarantine on Feb. 18 and the result came back positive on Saturday.

A total of 26 people have been identified as having come into contact with the person, Chen said, noting that 15 of them, who had been staying with the Filipino in the same dormitory, are now under home quarantine.

The remaining 11 people, who wore face masks during their brief encounter, were subsequently asked to observe self-health management, he said.

To date, Taiwan has reported 942 cases of COVID-19, of which 826 have been classified as imported.

Of the total, 893 people have recovered, nine have died and 40 remain in hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Saturday.

(By Ko Lin)

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