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Two new imported COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan

ROC Central News Agency

09/21/2020 04:26 PM

Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) Two Taiwanese nationals who had been working in Southeast Asia recently tested positive for COVID-19 following their return to Taiwan last week, raising the total number to 509, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.

One of the two new cases involved a man in his 20s, who went to Indonesia in June to work and returned to Taiwan on Sept. 19, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing in Taipei.

The man developed a fever and an abnormal sense of smell Sept. 17 while in Indonesia but did not seek medical attention, Chuang said.

Upon arriving in Taiwan, the man notified airport health officials of his symptoms and was tested before being quarantined, Chuang said. He was put into hospital quarantine because he was found to have a fever.

Test results, which came back Monday, confirmed the man to be positive, Chuang said.

The other case involved a man in his 30s, who traveled to Myanmar in April on business and returned to Taiwan Sept. 17, Chuang said. The patient showed no symptoms upon arrival.

The man developed a cough that evening after arriving in Taiwan and was tested Sept. 18 when he contacted health authorities because he came down with a fever and developed an abnormal sense of smell, Chuang said.

The patient's results came back positive, and he is being cared for in isolation at a local hospital, Chuang said.

Contact tracing found the man to have been on the same flight as a previous confirmed case Saturday, Chuang said. Sixteen other people from that flight are now in isolation.

Chuang said cases have been on the rise recently in both Myanmar and Indonesia, with 670 new cases confirmed Sunday in Myanmar and an average daily increase of 3,756 new cases in Indonesia over the past week.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 509 cases of COVID-19, with 417 classified as imported. Of the total, 479 have recovered, seven have died, and 23 are in the hospital, according to CECC data. The last time Taiwan recorded a domestic infection was on April 12.

(By William Yen)

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