CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan confirms two new imported COVID-19 cases

04/06/2021 03:04 PM
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CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang. CNA file photo
CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang. CNA file photo

Taipei, April 6 (CNA) Taiwan on Tuesday confirmed two new imported cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,050, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The cases are two Taiwanese men, one in his 20s and the other in his late teens, who traveled together to Egypt for work in early March, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing.

While in Egypt, one of the men developed a cough on March 29, while the other experienced multiple symptoms, including a cough, runny nose, sore throat and headache on the same day, Chuang said.

The men returned to Taiwan on the same flight on April 4, with proof of negative COVID-19 test results issued within three days of the flight. Upon arrival, they reported their symptoms to airport personnel and were immediately tested.

Both were confirmed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, Chuang said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 1,050 cases of COVID-19, 934 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 1,004 patients have recovered, 10 have died, and 36 are in hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Tuesday.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 131.5 million people in 193 countries and regions, with more than 2.8 million fatalities, CECC data shows.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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