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Two more COVID-19 cases confirmed in Taiwan, bringing total to 26

ROC Central News Agency

02/21/2020 05:58 PM

Taipei, Feb. 21 (CNA) Taiwan on Friday confirmed two more COVID-19 cases as part of a family cluster infection, bringing the total to 26 across the country.

A woman in her 20s and her aunt, in her 40s, have been confirmed as the 25th and 26th new coronavirus patients in the country, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) told a news conference at the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The 25th patient started coughing on Jan. 28 and developed a fever on Jan. 31 before seeking medical treatment on Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, while her aunt (the 26th patient), who showed no signs of respiratory trouble or fever, visited a doctor on Feb. 3 and Feb. 6 for gastroesophageal reflux, Chen said.

An initial investigation indicates the two women were likely infected with the virus by a woman in her 60s -- the 24th COVID-19 patient confirmed in Taiwan Wednesday, as they are family members.

The woman in her 60s lives in northern Taiwan and is the grandmother and mother of the two women, according to the investigation. The older woman lives with her daughter, while the granddaughter visited her on Feb. 11 after she was hospitalized.

The grandmother developed a cough and fever on Jan. 22, and visited two clinics four times over the following week, the CECC said. She was hospitalized on Jan. 29 for pneumonia and transferred to an intensive care ward on Feb. 10.

As none of the three women have traveled abroad over the past two years, the origin of their infection remains unknown, it said.

It is understood the two women and the people they had contact with constitute a cluster of 391 individuals, of whom 169 have already been tested, the investigation indicated. To date, only the mother and daughter have tested positive, while 143 are negative. The results of the remaining 24 are not yet available.

(By Flor Wang and Chang Ming-hsuan)

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