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Taiwan reports 1 new case of COVID-19 in Navy cluster

ROC Central News Agency

04/24/2020 03:24 PM

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) Taiwan confirmed one new case of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Friday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 428 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The latest case was the 30th resulting from a cluster infection on board the "Panshi," a fast combat support ship which was part of a three-ship flotilla that visited Palau in mid-March, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, at a daily press briefing.

The flotilla left Taiwan in early March, stopped in Palau from March 12-15, and returned to Taiwan on April 9 but the crew were not allowed to disembark until April 14-15 because of quarantine regulations.

The latest patient, a male in his 30s, tested negative for COVID-19 after all 744 crew on the three ships were placed in quarantine on April 18, following the discovery that some on board had contracted the disease, the CECC said in a statement.

However, the man developed an abnormal sense of smell, runny nose, and nasal congestion while in quarantine on April 22 and was sent for a second test on April 23, the CECC said, adding that he was confirmed positive Friday.

As of Wednesday, 1,843 people were listed as having come into contact with the 30 confirmed cases, with 530 required to isolate themselves at home, the CECC said.

Of the 530 people undergoing home isolation, 125 have been tested and 91 found to be negative, the CECC said.

The others have been asked to practice "self-health management," which means wearing a mask at all times, taking and recording one's temperature twice a day, and minimizing time spent in public.

Of Taiwan's 428 COVID-19 cases to date, 343 have been classified as imported, 55 as local infections, and the 30 from the "Panshi" are still being investigated to determine whether the source of the infections was imported or domestic, according to CECC statistics,

To date, 264 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have been categorized as recovered, six have died, while the others are still hospitalized, the CECC said.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 2,732,708 people in 184 countries and regions, including 880,610 in the U.S., 213,024 in Spain, 189,973 in Italy, 185,023 in France and 148,046 in Germany, with a total of 189,897 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Friday.

(By William Yen)

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