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Taiwan confirms 1 new imported case of COVID-19; total at 439

ROC Central News Agency

05/06/2020 05:04 PM

Taipei, May 6 (CNA) One new imported case of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was confirmed in Taiwan on Wednesday, bringing the total to 439 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new case was a woman in her 30s who went to the United Kingdom in January to work and returned to Taiwan on April 26, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, at a daily press briefing.

The woman had nasal congestion and felt tired when she arrived in Taiwan and reported her condition to quarantine workers at the airport. She immediately underwent a swab test for COVID-19 and was then sent to a quarantine center, Chen said.

The test results came back negative, and the woman was transferred to a quarantine hotel on April 27, Chen said.

While isolated at the hotel, the woman had persistent nasal congestion and a runny nose and experienced an abnormal sense of taste.

She contacted health authorities on May 4, and they arranged a new COVID-19 test for her that came back positive on Wednesday, the CECC said.

Because she stayed isolated at the hotel, she did not come into contact with her relatives and friends, but the CECC said it will still trace passengers who were on the flight with the woman to see if any of them have symptoms.

To date, 348 of Taiwan's 439 cases have been classified as imported, while 55 are believed to be local infections, according to CECC statistics.

The other 36 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. The CECC has yet to confirm whether their infections were local or imported.

Taiwan has not recorded any locally transmitted cases since April 12, according to the CECC data.

So far, 339 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, six have died, and the others remain in the hospital, the CECC said.

Meanwhile, 229 Taiwanese nationals evacuated from Hubei Province, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, on April 21 have been released from their 14-day quarantine.

Another 129 Taiwanese who returned from India on Tuesday morning and tested negative for the virus are in a dedicated quarantine center.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 3,694,516 people in 186 countries and regions, including 1,223,080 in the U.S., 219,329 in Spain, 213,013 in Italy, 204,659 in France, and 194,990 in the United Kingdom, with a total of 256,137 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Wednesday.

(By Evelyn Kao)

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