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One new imported COVID-19 case recorded in Taiwan

ROC Central News Agency

09/04/2020 05:18 PM

Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) Taiwan recorded a new imported case of COVID-19 on Friday, raising the number of total cases in the country to 490 since the outbreak began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The person infected, a Taiwanese woman in her 40s, returned to Taiwan on Sept. 1 after going to Japan to work in September 2019, said CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) at a press conference in Taipei.

While in Japan, she had a runny nose on Aug. 25, but her symptoms later subsided on Aug. 28 after seeing a doctor and taking medication on Aug. 26 and 27, Chuang said.

Even though she was asymptomatic upon returning to Taiwan, she notified airport health authorities of her recent symptoms and was tested before being sent to a quarantine facility, Chuang said. The results came back positive Friday.

The woman has been admitted to a hospital to receive further treatment, the CECC said in a statement.

Normally, cabin crew on flights with people who test positive do not have to go into quarantine, but the CECC has asked three of the cabin crew on the flight taken by the woman to self-isolate.

"The cabin crew were not with a Taiwanese airline, and their protective equipment was considered inadequate," Chuang said, without naming the airline.

The new imported cases brought the total number in Taiwan to 490, of which 398 have been classified as imported, the CECC said.

To date, 471 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, and seven have died, while the remainder are in the hospital, the CECC said.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 26,289,280 people in 187 countries and regions, with a total of 869,711 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Friday.

(By William Yen)

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