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Taiwanese businessman has COVID-19 after leaving Philippines

ROC Central News Agency

09/06/2020 03:54 PM

Taipei, Sept. 6 (CNA) A Taiwanese businessman who lives in the Philippines tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Taiwan recently, bringing the total number of cases in Taiwan to 493, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.

The patient, who is in his 40s, showed symptoms of fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness and sore muscles Sept. 1 while he was still in the Philippines, but did not seek medical attention, the CECC said.

Prior to boarding his flight to Taiwan on Sept. 3, he informed the airline of his symptoms and wore a protective gown and mask throughout the flight, the CECC said, adding that no passengers sat in the two rows in front or behind him.

He also told airport personnel about his symptoms upon arrival in Taiwan and was tested for COVID-19 before being sent to a designated quarantine center.

The test came back negative, but as he continued to experience shortness of breath and chest tightness, he was tested again during quarantine, with the results coming back positive on Sunday, the CECC said.

So far, the CECC has identified five people with whom the patient was in contact, all of whom were crew members on his flight. They have been asked to follow self-health management protocols, the CECC said.

The patient's roommate in the Philippines, who is a Philippine national, also showed symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection and was confirmed with COVID-19 on Sept. 3, the CECC quoted the patient as saying.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 493 cases of COVID-19, with 401 classified as imported. Of these cases, 473 have recovered, seven have died and 13 are still being treated in hospitals, according to the CECC.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 26.8 million people in 187 countries and regions, with 880,524 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Sunday.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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