CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 2 new imported COVID-19 cases

04/10/2021 03:59 PM
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Taipei, April 10 (CNA) Taiwan has added two new imported COVID-19 cases, one from Indonesia and the other from the Philippines, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to date to 1,056, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.

The CECC said one of the new cases involved an Indonesian migrant worker, in his 20s, who arrived in Taiwan on March 26 with a negative test report conducted in the three days before he left for Taiwan.

The Indonesian worker was placed in mandatory quarantine after his arrival, and took another test on April 8 before his quarantine ended, with the results confirmed as positive on Saturday, the CECC said.

The CECC called it an imported case because the Indonesian worker's test had a CT value of 30, potentially indicating an older infection that was not originally detected.

CT values can give some indication of the viral load in the patient. In most cases, the higher the CT value, the lower the viral loads (especially as the CT value reaches the mid or high 30s).

The Indonesian man has not shown any symptoms of the disease so far, the CECC said.

The second case involved a migrant worker from the Philippines in her 20s, who also arrived in Taiwan on March 26 with the required test report showing she had tested negative for COVID-19.

During her mandatory quarantine, the Filipino said she developed a mild cough on April 6, and took another test on April 8 that turned out positive.

She did not have any contacts after arriving in Taiwan, and the CECC classified her case as imported.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 1,056 cases of COVID-19, 940 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 1,020 patients have recovered, 10 have died, and 26 are in the hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Saturday.

Worldwide, COVID-19 has infected about 134.38 million people in 193 countries and regions, with more than 2.92 million fatalities, CECC data showed.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Frances Huang)

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