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Taiwan announces new COVID-19 case, total up to 45

ROC Central News Agency

03/06/2020 02:48 PM

Taipei, March 6 (CNA) Taiwan confirmed one more novel coronavirus (COVID-19) case on Friday, bringing the total across the country to 45, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

The 45th patient is a woman in her 50s who had been hospitalized in the same ward as Taiwan's 34th novel coronavirus patient, the CECC said.

She had not traveled abroad in recent months but was admitted to the hospital on Feb. 14 because of another ailment, and spent time in the same ward as the novel coronavirus patient, though in a different room, before being discharged on Feb. 20, it said.

The woman was found to have contracted the highly contagious disease after health authorities on March 1 screened the people with whom the 34th patient may have come in contact with, it said.

She was confirmed as being infected with the novel coronavirus following a second positive test on March 5 and was put in a negative pressure isolation room, the CECC said.

(By Flor Wang, Chen Chih-chung and Chang Ming-shuan)

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