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Taiwan confirms seven more cases of COVID-19, total at 329

ROC Central News Agency

04/01/2020 03:18 PM

Taipei, April 1 (CNA) Taiwan confirmed seven new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday, bringing the total to 329 in the country since the epidemic began, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

The newly identified patients are all Taiwanese nationals who contracted the disease overseas, with six returning to Taiwan from the United States and one from the United Kingdom, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC.

Among the seven, three were male and four were female. They entered Taiwan between March 19 and March 30, and began showing symptoms between February 29 and March 27, Chen said.

According to the CECC, two of the new cases, Case No. 325 and Case No. 329, traveled to the U.S. together with another friend and began showing symptoms of COVID-19 in late March.

One lost her sense of smell on March 23, and the other lost her sense of taste and smell a day later. The two reported their symptoms to airport personnel upon entering Taiwan and were confirmed to have the disease on Wednesday, the CECC said.

The other individual who traveled with the two women has not shown any symptoms of COVID-19 so far and is under self-quarantine, the CECC said.

The remaining five were all individual cases. Three of the people were stopped at the airport because they showed symptoms and two were under home quarantine, according to the CECC.

As of Wednesday, 283 of Taiwan's 329 cases had been classified as imported, while the other 46 are believed to be local infections, the CECC said.

Forty-five of Taiwan's COVID-19 patients have been released from quarantine, while five have died. The others are still in negative pressure rooms in hospitals, but all of them are in relatively stable condition, the CECC said.

As for the 367 Taiwanese who recently returned from the Chinese province of Hubei, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CECC said none of them have shown symptoms of COVID-19 so far, and they are all still staying in designated quarantine facilities.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 838,568 patients in 180 countries and regions, with 41,367 fatalities to date, the CECC said.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)


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