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2 Taiwanese in China confirmed to have coronavirus infection

ROC Central News Agency

01/31/2020 10:51 PM

Taipei, Jan. 31 (CNA) Two Taiwanese nationals in China were confirmed Friday to be infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), according to the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top government agency handling cross-Taiwan Strait affairs.

One of the patients is a businessperson forced to stay in Wuhan -- the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak -- since the central Chinese city was closed off on Jan. 23 while the other worked in Wuhan before flying to Shenzhen in mid-January, the MAC said in a statement.

They are the first cases of 2019-nCoV infection involving Taiwanese nationals who remained in China after the outbreak began.

Nearly 10,000 people in China have been confirmed to have the coronavirus since the outbreak began in mid-December, and more than 200 people have died of the virus there, all in Hubei Province where Wuhan is located.

There are currently around 400 Taiwanese nationals trapped in Hubei after many cities in the province were shut down to prevent the novel virus from spreading, according to the MAC.

The agency said on Thursday it asked Chinese authorities about possible ways to transport the Taiwanese nationals back home, including deploying special charter flights, but the Chinese side has not responded, typical of the lack of official contact between the two sides in recent years.


(By Lai Yen-hsi and Elizabeth Hsu)


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