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Taiwan adds two new COVID-19 cases, total at 395

ROC Central News Agency

04/15/2020 03:43 PM

Taipei, April 15 (CNA) Two new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease were confirmed in Taiwan on Wednesday, both of them individuals who recently returned to Taiwan from the United States, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new cases brought the total of confirmed cases in the country to 395 since the pandemic began late last year, the CECC said.

One of the new cases traveled to Taiwan from New York on China Airlines flight CI011 on March 30, a flight that has already produced 11 other confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.

The patient, a woman in her 60s, began having symptoms last week, including a fever, stomach pain, chest tightness, and body aches, and was confirmed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, the CECC said.

All of the passengers and flight crew aboard the China Airlines flight have been tested for COVID-19, but the results have yet to come out, according to the CECC.

The other newly confirmed patient, a woman in her 20s, came down with a cough and a runny nose and lost her sense of smell on April 4, and she reported these symptoms to airport personnel upon entry into Taiwan on April 13.

She was tested for COVID-19 at the airport, and was confirmed as having the disease on Wednesday, the CECC said.

As of Wednesday, 340 of Taiwan's 395 cases had been classified as imported, while the other 55 are believed to be local infections, the CECC said.

Meanwhile, 13 more of Taiwan's COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been released from quarantine, bringing the total to 137, while six have died. The others are still in negative pressure rooms in hospitals, the CECC said.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected more than 1.97 million people in 184 countries and regions, with over 125,000 fatalities to date, according to CECC data.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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