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Taiwan confirms 2 new cases of COVID-19 and one death

ROC Central News Agency

04/10/2020 04:39 PM

Taipei, April 10 (CNA) Two new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and one death were confirmed in Taiwan on Friday, bringing the total to 382 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Both of the newly confirmed patients contracted the disease overseas, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC.

Of the new cases, a woman in her 20s became the 11th confirmed patient on board China Airlines flight CI011 from the United States to Taiwan on March 30, Chen said.

The woman, who was studying in the U.S., developed symptoms of nasal congestion and an abnormal sense of smell on April 5 while under home quarantine, a CECC statement said.

Since March 19, all individuals arriving in Taiwan from abroad, regardless of where they are coming from, have been required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days to avoid potentially spreading the disease to others.

The woman was ordered tested by health authorities on April 7, the CECC statement added.

The other case involved a man in his 60s who visited relatives in Indonesia with his wife from Feb. 16 to March 29, Chen said.

The man, who had been asymptomatic, was ordered tested on April 7 after his wife began displaying symptoms on April 1. She tested positive for the coronavirus on April 8, CECC records showed.

Meanwhile, a COVID-19 patient in his 70s died Thursday, the CECC said.

The man, who suffered from underlying conditions, was part of a tour group that visited Egypt from March 3-12, the CECC records showed.

He started displaying symptoms on March 17 and was confirmed positive on March 19, the CECC said.

The man's condition started to deteriorate on March 20 when he suffered breathing difficulties and was transferred to the intensive care unit, the CECC said, adding that he passed away April 9.

Ninety-one of Taiwan's COVID-19 patients have been released from quarantine, while six have died. The others are still under quarantine and observation at hospitals, the CECC said.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 1,548,560 patients in 183 countries and regions, including 461,437 in the U.S., 152,446 in Spain, 143,626 in Italy, 108,202 in Germany, and 86,334 in France, with a total of 94,397 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Thursday.

(By William Yen)


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