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Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan rises to 41

ROC Central News Agency

03/02/2020 04:41 PM

Taipei, March 2 (CNA) A woman in her 20s, whose mother is infected with the novel coronavirus, has contracted the infection, bringing the total number of cases in Taiwan to 41, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.

The latest patient has shown no symptoms of the disease but was tested because she was helping to taking care of her mother in hospital Feb. 15-26, before the mother was diagnosed with COVID-19, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC.

The first test on the daughter came back negative, but in a follow-up test showed that she had contracted the virus, becoming Taiwan's 41st confirmed case, Chen said.

The woman has no history of recent overseas travel and is believed to have been infected by her mother, the 34th case, who is said to have been the source of a cluster infection at a hospital in northern Taiwan, according to Chen.

The other patients in the cluster are a female janitor at the hospital -- the 35th case -- and three nurses, who are now patients 36 to 38, according to the CECC.

It said 289 people who came into contact with case 34 have been identified and five have tested positive for the virus, 197 have tested negative, and the others are awaiting results.

As of Monday, over 89,000 COVID-19 cases and at least 3,000 deaths had been reported worldwide.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Joseph Yeh)

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