CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports one domestic, five imported COVID-19 cases

04/27/2021 05:07 PM
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The COVID-19 press briefing on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the CECC
The COVID-19 press briefing on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, April 27 (CNA) Taiwan on Tuesday reported its second domestic COVID-19 case in a week and the latest case associated with Taiwan's China Airlines (CAL), as well as five imported cases, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new case is an Indonesian woman in her 40s who is the wife of a CAL cargo pilot who tested positive for COVID-19 in Australia on April 20. She was required to go into quarantine on April 21, the CECC said.

She tested negative for the disease on her first and second day in quarantine, but began to have coronavirus symptoms on April 26. A third COVID-19 test came back positive on Tuesday, the CECC said.

The woman is the second domestic COVID-19 case Taiwan has seen in the past week. The first case was the son of the CAL pilot.

As of Tuesday, a total 11 cases of COVID-19 linked to CAL, one of Taiwan's largest carriers, had been reported in the past week. One of these cases was reported in Australia and is not included in Taiwan's case count.

The 11 cases include two Taiwanese cargo pilots who flew to the U.S. together, two Indonesian pilots (one of whom was confirmed with COVID-19 in Australia) who visited a mosque in Taipei together, two family members of one of the Indonesian pilots, and five other Taiwanese pilots. (Related: CECC finds indication of past COVID-19 infections at China Airlines)

Besides the domestic case, Taiwan also reported five new imported COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases recorded in the country to 1,110 since the outbreak began.

One of the cases involved a Taiwanese woman in her 70s who tested positive for the disease while in quarantine in Taiwan after returning from Canada, according to the CECC.

Another case, a Filipina in her 20s, tested positive upon arrival after informing airport personnel that she had previously been infected in the Philippines, the CECC said.

The three remaining cases involved crew members on the same ship, which has traveled between Japan and the Philippines multiple times in recent months.

The ship docked in Taiwan on April 24 after some crew members showed signs of COVID-19. On Monday, two crew members tested positive for the disease, while three more -- two Burmese men in their 20s and 30s and a Chinese national in his 40s -- were confirmed to be infected on Tuesday.

The remaining 14 crew members on the ship have tested negative for COVID-19 and have left Taiwan, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 1,110 cases of COVID-19, 984 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 1,050 have recovered, 12 have died and 48 are in the hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Tuesday.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 147.4 million people in 193 countries and regions, with more than 3.1 million fatalities, CECC figures show.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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