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Taiwan reports 1 new imported case of COVID-19; total now at 440

ROC Central News Agency

05/07/2020 04:15 PM

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) Taiwan confirmed one new imported case of the COVID-19 coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total to 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The latest case is a woman in her 20s who went to Qatar in February to work and returned to Taiwan on May 3, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, at a daily press briefing.

The woman, who developed a sore throat, runny nose and loss of her sense of taste on March 8, was confirmed on March 10 there to have contracted the disease and began receiving treatment, the CECC said.

The woman was declared to have recovered on April 8, after being twice tested negative, and she remained in isolation in her dormitory through April 22, according to the CECC.

She informed Taiwanese quarantine officials at the airport when she returned home that she had had the disease in Qatar. She was immediately tested again and taken directly to a designated quarantine facility, the CECC said.

Her test result came back negative on May 4, so she was sent into home quarantine. However, she developed diarrhea later that same day, the CECC said.

She was tested again on May 5 and it was confirmed Thursday that she still had the disease, the CECC said, adding that it is tracing the other passengers who may have come into contact with her on the plane.

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

So far, 347 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, six have died, while the others are still hospitalized, the CECC said.

Meanwhile, another 129 people who returned from India on May 5 remain in a dedicated quarantine center but have shown no suspicious symptoms requiring hospitalization, it said.

Globally, the virus has infected 3,777,583 people in 186 countries and regions, including 1,247,653 in the U.S., 220,325 in Spain, 214,457 in Italy, 208,698 in France, and 201,101 in the United Kingdom, with a total of 262,519 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Thursday.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

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