Taiwan confirms four new imported COVID-19 cases
Taipei, April 22 (CNA) Taiwan on Thursday confirmed four new imported cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of cases in the country to 1,086, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
One of the new cases is a Kazakhstani woman in her 30s who came to work in Taiwan and developed a cough and difficulty breathing during quarantine, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing in Taipei.
She was tested for COVID-19 by the local health authorities and her results came back positive on Thursday, Chuang said.
Two of the other new cases, one involving a Filipina woman in her 20s and another in her 30s, also tested positive for COVID-19 during quarantine, despite being asymptomatic, according to Chuang.
The fourth case involves an Indonesian man in his 30s who came to Taiwan to work on a ship on March 25 and tested positive on Thursday, Chuang continued.
As he has stayed in a room by himself throughout most of his time in Taiwan, and because the people he has come into contact with were adequately protected, no one will be required to go into quarantine or follow self-health management protocols, Chuang added.
To date, Taiwan has recorded 1,086 cases of COVID-19, 968 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 1,041 have recovered, 11 have died and 34 are in hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Thursday.
Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 143.3 million people in 193 countries and regions, with more than 3 million fatalities, CECC data shows.
Also on Thursday, Chuang said that the CECC is still investigating how two Taiwanese pilots became infected with COVID-19.
The two pilots flew a cargo flight to the United States on April 14 and returned to Taiwan on April 16. They tested positive for the disease on Tuesday, just after finishing their required three-day quarantine period.
A preliminary investigation shows that they both followed disease prevention measures while in the U.S., so the CECC has been testing their contacts in Taiwan to see if one of them was the infection vector.
So far, of their 168 contacts, 162 have been tested, with 155 returning negative results and seven results pending.
Three of the contacts who are employees at a quarantine hotel where one of the pilots stayed, were deemed to be adequately protected during their encounter and will not need to be tested, Chuang said.
The remaining three contacts are not in Taiwan at the moment but will be tested when they return, Chuang added.
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