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Taiwan adds two new imported COVID-19 cases after 13-day hiatus

ROC Central News Agency

06/15/2020 06:16 PM

Taipei, June 15 (CNA) Taiwan reported two more imported COVID-19 cases on Monday, while maintaining zero local transmission for 64 days, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The two new cases identified as foreign acquired were the first ones since June 1, when a woman returning from the United States was confirmed as having contracted the novel coronavirus, the CECC said in a press release.

The two patients, a husband and wife, flew to Bangladesh for work in late January and early March, respectively, before flying together to Malaysia on June 12 and returning to Taiwan the next day.

The husband, in his 50s, developed a fever, cough, sore throat, muscle pains and a loss of smell on May 23 while still in Bangladesh, the CECC said.

The husband and his 40-plus-year-old wife, who developed a fever on May 25, were later confirmed as having contracted the disease in Bangladesh, and admitted to a local hospital for treatment, it said.

The man showed no symptoms on May 26, and tested negative twice on May 28 and June 2, while the woman tested negative on June 2.

The couple were discharged from hospital on June 2 and remained at home before returning to Taiwan on June 13, when both had no symptoms.

Upon arriving in Taiwan, the two were sent to a quarantine facility from the airport after telling officials they tested positive in Bangladesh.

Both were confirmed as having contracted the novel coronavirus on Monday, after the man produced one positive test and the woman one negative and two positive tests, according to the CECC.

They are now under quarantine in line with government regulations, it noted.

The couple arrived in Taiwan wearing a mask and protective clothing and have had no contact with relatives or friends.

Eleven crew members on the flight that brought them to Taiwan have been instructed to undergo self-health management, while 26 passengers who sat two rows in front and behind the couple must undergo compulsory 14-day quarantine at home.

As of press time, Taiwan has confirmed 445 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic broke out in late December, including seven fatalities, CECC data showed.

A total of 354 have been classified as imported, 55 as locally acquired and a cluster infection of 36 cadets came from a naval ship, since confirmed as originating in Taiwan.

(By Flor Wang and Chen Wei-ting)


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