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Taiwan reports one new imported COVID-19 case, bringing total to 447

ROC Central News Agency

06/25/2020 03:18 PM

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) One new imported case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Taiwan on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 447, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new patient is a man in his 60s who traveled to Guatemala in early April for work purposes, the CECC said in a press release.

He sought medical attention in Guatemala after he developed a cough, shortness of breath and musculoskeletal pain on June 1, but he tested negative for COVID-19 twice, the CECC said.

On Tuesday, the man's respiratory symptoms worsened, and he returned to Taiwan the following day, the CECC said.

Upon arrival in Taiwan on Wednesday, the man reported his symptoms to health authorities and was immediately taken to a quarantine facility and tested for COVID-19, the CECC said.

When the test results came back positive on Thursday, the patient was moved into hospital quarantine, the CECC said, adding that since his arrival in Taiwan, he has not had contact with any relatives or friends.

The 10 passengers who were seated in the two rows in front of and behind the man on his flight to Taiwan, however, have been contacted and asked to remain in home isolation, the CECC said.

As of Thursday, Taiwan has confirmed 447 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic broke out in late December, including seven fatalities, CECC data showed.

A total of 356 cases have been classified as imported, 55 as locally acquired and 36 as a cluster infection on a naval ship, which was confirmed to have started in Taiwan.

(By Matthew Mazzetta)


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