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Taiwanese tests positive for COVID-19 after returning from France

ROC Central News Agency

09/08/2020 04:28 PM

Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) A Taiwanese national who works in France tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Taiwan recently, bringing the total number of cases in Taiwan to 495, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.

The patient, a woman in her 20s, left Taiwan last December to work in France and returned on Sep. 6, said CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥).

While in France, the woman developed symptoms of headaches and muscle pains on Aug. 30 and was diagnosed and treated for flu, Chuang said.

When she returned to Taiwan on Sunday, she was tested for COVID-19, after she told airport personnel that she had a runny nose, and she was sent to a designated quarantine facility, according to Chuang.

The results of the COVID-19 test came back positive on Tuesday, Chuang said.

He said the CECC has identified 32 people who were in contact with the patient during her flight to Taiwan -- 21 passengers who sat near her and 11 crew members.

The 21 passengers are currently in home quarantine, while the crew members have been instructed to follow self-health management protocols, Chuang said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 495 cases of COVID-19, with 403 classified as imported. Of the total number, 475 have recovered, seven have died, and 13 are in hospital, according to the CECC.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected more than 27.3 million people in 187 countries and regions and caused 893,796 deaths, according to CECC statistics as of Tuesday.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)


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