CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan records four new imported cases of COVID-19

02/24/2021 06:15 PM
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Taipei, Feb. 24 (CNA) Taiwan reported four new imported cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, three from the United States and one from Malaysia, bringing the total number to 946 since the epidemic began, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

According to the center, one of the cases from the U.S. involved an American male in his 30s.

Before he arrived in Taiwan on Feb. 5 for work purposes, he tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S. on Jan. 5, and subsequently tested negative for the virus on Jan. 26, 27 and Feb. 3, respectively.

The man, who has been asymptomatic so far since arrival, took a self-paid test on Monday after he completed a mandatory 14-day quarantine, and the result came back positive Wednesday, the CECC said.

The second case was a Taiwanese woman who had been living in the U.S.

The woman, who arrived in Taiwan on Jan. 3, experienced discomfort in her throat on Oct. 30, 2020 and tested positive for COVID-19 in early November and then negative in late December while still in the United States.

Having been asymptomatic in Taiwan, she took a self-paid test on Monday in preparation for traveling overseas and the result came back positive Wednesday, the CECC said.

A total of seven individuals who had come into contact with her are now under home quarantine, the center added.

The other case was a woman in her 20s who had been working in the U.S. and came back to Taiwan on Jan. 9, the center said.

According to CECC, while she was still in the U.S., she tested positive for the virus on Dec. 2, 2020 and then negative on Dec. 31 and Jan. 6, 2021.

The woman, who has shown no symptoms so far, took a self-paid test on Monday to clear the way for her planned trip abroad and the result came back positive Wednesday.

A total of 11 individuals who had been in contact with her have been placed under home quarantine, the center said.

The fourth case was a Taiwanese man in his 40s who had been working in Malaysia and arrived in Taiwan on Jan. 29, the center said.

The man had been hospitalized and quarantined until Dec. 12 after developing a fever and an abnormal sense of smell on Nov. 30, 2020, and he later tested positive for the virus, the center said.

The man, who has been asymptomatic since being in Taiwan, took a self-paid test on Sunday as he planned to leave the country that also turned up positive Wednesday, the CECC said.

A total of 16 individuals who came into contact with him have been quarantined, the center said.

To date, Taiwan has reported 946 cases of COVID-19, most of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, nine patients have died and 35 remain in hospital, according to the CECC officials.

Since the onset of the pandemic, COVID-19 has infected about 112 million people in 193 countries and regions worldwide, with more than 2.49 million fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Wednesday.

(By Chung Yu-chen)

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