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Most COVID-19 patients in Taiwan only experience light symptoms: CECC

ROC Central News Agency

04/18/2020 07:12 PM

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) Seven in 10 confirmed COVID-19 patients in Taiwan to date have only experienced light symptoms, and a slight majority of the infected have been female, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday.

Speaking at a daily briefing in Taipei, CECC advisor Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said 70.4 percent out of the total 395 patients in the country as of April 15 either had light symptoms or no noticeable symptoms at all.

Chang did not provide any definition of what were considered "light symptoms" or any interpretation of the data.

Citing CECC statistics, Chang said Taiwan so far confirmed 22 asymptomatic patients, with the most being 20-29 years old, followed by those aged above 60.

Many of them were imported cases, he said, noting that it has taken an average of 18 days before an asymptomatic patient in Taiwan has been declared free from COVID-19.

The longest time recorded was 41 days, Chang said. Meanwhile, of the 395 cases, 53 percent were female and 47 percent were male, Chang said.

(By Chen Chi-chung, Chang Min-hsuan, Wu Hsin-yun and Ko Lin)

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