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Taiwan confirms new imported case of COVID-19

ROC Central News Agency

08/29/2020 03:57 PM

Taipei, Aug. 29 (CNA) A Taiwanese man tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday after having returned from the Philippines two days earlier, bringing to the number of cases in Taiwan to date to 488.

The individual, a man in his 40s, went to the Philippines in February for work purposes and returned to Taiwan on Thursday, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing in Taipei.

He was tested upon arrival for COVID-19, as is required for all inbound passengers from the Philippines, and his results came back positive on Saturday, Chuang said.

According to the CECC official, the man came down with a sore throat on Aug. 20, but did not seek treatment.

He is now being cared for in a negative pressure isolation room in a local hospital, Chuang said.

The 11 passengers who were seated closest to him on the plane are in home quarantine, while the five flight crew members have been asked to engage in self-health management, health authorities said.

Of the 488 COVID-19 cases to date in Taiwan, 396 have been classified as imported by the CECC.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Ko Lin)

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