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French national tests COVID-19 positive after quarantine release

ROC Central News Agency

09/30/2020 04:25 PM

Taipei, Sept. 30 (CNA) Taiwan confirmed a new case of COVID-19 Wednesday when a French national who recently arrived in the country to work tested positive after he was released from mandatory quarantine, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

The new case brought the total number recorded in Taiwan to 514 since it reported its first COVID-19 infection on Jan. 21.

The man, in his 50s, arrived in Taiwan on Sept. 11 and underwent his mandatory 14-day quarantine at a hotel in Taipei, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, said at a press briefing in Taipei.

After being released from quarantine on Sept. 26, the French national moved to another hotel and was asked on Sept. 28 to take a COVID-19 test at the company's expense, with the result coming back positive on Wednesday, Chen said.

The CECC spokesman said the CT value of the man's polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was above 33.5 and his test for IgG and IgM antibodies came back positive, suggesting that he contracted the disease three weeks earlier, before he arrived in Taiwan.

According to Chen, IgG antibodies generally start appearing two to three weeks after the infection.

The CECC said it has identified four people who came into contact with him during this period, all whom have been instructed to closely monitor their health and wear masks whenever they go out for 14 days.

(By Ko Lin)


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