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Taiwan records two new imported cases of COVID-19

ROC Central News Agency

07/17/2020 05:04 PM

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) Two people who recently returned from the Philippines have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in Taiwan since the start of the pandemic to 454, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday.

One of the patients, a woman in her 20s, had traveled to the Philippines last December for work purposes and returned to Taiwan on Wednesday with symptoms of the disease, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing in Taipei.

On arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, she told quarantine officers that she had a cough, sore throat, and cold and was experiencing fatigue, Chuang said.

The woman was immediately tested for COVID-19 and quarantined, and the results came back positive Friday, Chuang said.

The other patient confirmed with COVID-19 on Friday was a man in his 40s, who had traveled to the Philippines in January, also for work purposes, and returned to Taiwan on Wednesday, but not on the same flight as the woman, Chuang said.

The man also notified quarantine officials upon arrival of symptoms such as a fever, cold and abnormal sense of smell, which he said began between July 11 and 13, Chuang said,

He was also tested and quarantined, Chuang said, adding that the results on Friday showed the man was infected with COVID-19.

The CECC has identified 24 people, including 12 flight crew members, who had come into close contact with the man during his flight from the Philippines, according to Chuang.

The 12 passengers, who were sitting in the two rows closest to the man, have been contacted and asked to remain in home isolation, while the 12 crew members have been advised to conduct self-health management, Chuang said.

In the case of the woman, there was only one passenger on the flight who was sitting within four rows of her, and the CECC has asked that person to remain in home isolation, he said. The CECC has also contacted her roommate in the Philippines, who was scheduled to return to Taiwan on Friday, Chuang said.

The new imported cases of COVID-19 on Friday brought the total number in Taiwan to 454, while the fatalities remained at seven.

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

Of the 454 cases in Taiwan since the outbreak began late last year, 363 have been classified as imported, 55 as locally acquired, and 36 as a cluster infection on board a naval ship, an outbreak that was later confirmed to have originated in Taiwan.

"Currently, there are over 13 million confirmed cases around the world, with some 590,000 deaths," Chuang said. "We want to remind everyone who is working or studying overseas to be very careful, as infections are on the rise around the world."

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 13,766,471 people in 187 countries and regions, with a total of 589,530 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Friday.

(By William Yen)

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