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Woman from the Philippines tests positive for COVID-19: CECC

ROC Central News Agency

09/14/2020 04:30 PM

Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) A woman from the Philippines who arrived in Taiwan recently was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of cases in Taiwan to 499, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

The individual, a woman in her 20s, arrived in Taiwan on Sept. 10 and was tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, as is required for all people coming in from the Philippines, and the test came back positive on Monday, said CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥).

She has been transferred from a government-designated quarantine facility to a negative pressure room at a local hospital for treatment, Chuang said.

The woman, who came to work in Taiwan, did not show any symptoms on her arrival nor was there any record showing that she sought treatment for COVID-19 while in the Philippines, he said.

Prior to coming to Taiwan, the Filipina was in contact with 10 other people who are also due to arrive in Taiwan for work, the CECC said, noting that the authorities are working to identify these individuals and when they plan to enter the country.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 499 cases of COVID-19, with 407 classified as imported. Of the total number, 476 have recovered, seven have died, and 16 are in the hospital, according to the CECC.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Ko Lin)

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