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Taiwan confirms 2 new cases of COVID-19; total at 422

ROC Central News Agency

04/20/2020 04:49 PM

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Two new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease were confirmed in Taiwan on Monday, bringing the total to 422 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The two new patients contracted the disease overseas, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC.

One of them, a woman in her 20s who took up studies in Canada on Jan. 16, developed a heavy cough on April 13, and upon her return to Taiwan on April 19 she was tested after she informed health authorities at the airport of her symptoms, the CECC said in a statement.

The other patient is also a woman in her 20s, who had gone to the United States to take up studies on Jan. 11 but visited Spain from Jan. 14 to March 15, the CECC said.

While in Spain, she developed breathing difficulties, a sore throat, and stomach ache on March 8, and she sought medical treatment when she returned to the U.S., the CECC said.

Upon arrival in Taiwan on April 18, she was tested for COVID-19 after she told health authorities about her symptoms, the CECC said.

To date, 343 of Taiwan's 422 cases have been classified as imported, while 55 are believed to be local infections, according to CECC statistics.

The other 24 are military personnel who were serving on the Panshi Fast Combat Support Ship, part of a goodwill fleet that visited Palau from March 12 to 15, CECC statistics showed.

To date, 203 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have been categorized as recovered, six have died, and the others are in hospital, the CECC said.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 2,409,052 patients in 184 countries and regions, including 759,086 in the U.S., 195,944 in Spain, 178,972 in Italy, 175,942 in France, and 139,897 in Germany, with a total of 164,242 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Monday.

(By William Yen)

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