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Taiwanese tests positive for COVID-19 after returning from Indonesia

ROC Central News Agency

09/10/2020 04:12 PM

Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) A Taiwanese man tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, nearly one week after returning home on the same flight as another Taiwanese national who was also confirmed with the disease, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said that day.

The man in his 60s went to the Southeast Asian country in February for work and returned to Taiwan on Sept. 4, where he headed straight to a hotel to begin his mandatory 14-day quarantine, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing in Taipei.

On Sept. 7, he began to develop a fever and runny nose and immediately notified the health authorities of his condition the following day, Chuang said.

The patient was subsequently placed in a negative pressure isolation room and tested for COVID-19, with the results coming back positive on Thursday, the CECC said.

According to the epidemic center, the man arrived on the same flight as case 492, who was confirmed on Sept. 5 as having contracted COVID-19.

Case 492 is a 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 while there, but did not seek medical treatment.

When the woman returned to Taiwan on Sept. 4, she notified the airport health authorities of her symptoms and was tested for COVID-19 before being sent to a quarantine facility, where her results came back positive the following day.

Thursday's confirmed male patient was not seated close to case 492, the CECC said, noting that all the passengers that sat closest to the two patients on the flight will continue to be closely monitored during the period of their home quarantine, the CECC said.

The 18 crew members aboard the flight had already been instructed to observe self-health management, Chuang said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 496 cases of COVID-19, with 404 classified as imported. Of the total, 475 have recovered, seven have died, and 14 are in hospital, according to the CECC.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Ko Lin)

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