Taiwan confirms two new imported COVID-19 cases
ROC Central News Agency
09/05/2020 03:53 PM
Taipei, Sept. 5 (CNA) A Filipino migrant worker and a Taiwanese woman, both in their 30s, were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in Taiwan to 492, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
The Filipino migrant worker was not experiencing symptoms when he arrived in Taiwan to start a new job on Thursday, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a Saturday press conference.
Upon arrival, the man received a COVID-19 test at the airport and was taken to a quarantine facility. On Saturday, his test results came back positive and he was transferred to a hospital for treatment, Chuang said.
Taiwan has mandated centralized quarantine for all arrivals from the Philippines since Aug. 12 because of the rising number of imported COVID-19 cases from that country.
The CECC said nine passengers on the man's flight were put into home quarantine, while five flight crew members were asked to follow a self-health management protocol.
The Taiwanese woman had been working in Indonesia since June and developed symptoms including a runny nose, fever and a loss of sense of smell between Aug. 15-22, but did not seek medical treatment, Chuang said.
When the woman returned to Taiwan on Friday, she notified airport health authorities of her recent symptoms and was tested for COVID-19 before being sent to a quarantine facility, Chuang said. Her results came back positive on Saturday.
Health authorities have sent the woman's travel companion and two people who sat close to her on the flight into home quarantine and have asked 18 flight crew members to observe self-health management.
The two new imported cases bring the total number in Taiwan to 492, of which 400 have been imported, the CECC said.
In total, 473 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, seven have died and 12 remain in hospital, the CECC said.
Globally, COVID-19 has infected 26,588,946 people and had caused 875,322 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Saturday.
(By Matthew Mazzetta)
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