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Four new imported cases of COVID-19 recorded in Taiwan

ROC Central News Agency

11/08/2020 04:52 PM

Taipei, Nov. 8 (CNA) Four new imported cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Taiwan on Sunday, bringing the total number in the country to 577 since the outbreak began at the end of last year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

Two of the cases were Indonesian women in their 30s and 40s, who arrived in Taiwan on the same flight on Oct. 24 for work purposes, said Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞), deputy chief of the CECC's medical response division at a press conference in Taipei.

The women, who had no symptoms, were tested Friday, before the end of their mandatory 14-day quarantine, and the results came back positive Sunday, Lo said, adding that both are now being treated in hospital.

No contact tracing will be conducted because the women had been in isolation for 14 days during the quarantine period, Lo said.

Another case was that of a Filipino man, in his 20s, who arrived in Taiwan on Oct. 16 also for work purposes, Lo said.

The man did not show any symptoms and tested negative on Oct. 29, before the end of his mandatory quarantine, Lo said.

He was then housed in a quarantine hotel and instructed to observe self-health management before undergoing another self-paid test on Nov. 5 organized by his manpower agency, Lo said, adding that the test came back positive Sunday.

The man has now been hospitalized, Lo said.

Lo explained that there have been cases in the past where individuals tested positive after first testing negative.

"Their viral loads are very low and live viruses cannot be cultivated from the samples. So for now it appears we have found the fragments of the virus from an earlier infection which does not represent a big threat to the community after the 14-day quarantine period," Lo said.

A total of four people who have been in contact with the man have been asked to self-isolate, while another 32 people have been instructed to observe self-health management and report any symptoms to health officials, Lo said.

The remaining patient is a Filipino student in his teens who arrived in Taiwan Oct. 25 to attend school, Lo said.

He showed no symptoms and was tested on Saturday before the end of his quarantine period, Lo said, adding that the result came back positive Sunday.

The student is now in hospital, Lo said.

No contact tracing will be conducted because all the people he interacted with in Taiwan were properly protected, Lo said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 577 cases of COVID-19, with 485 classified as imported. Of the total, 524 have recovered, seven have died, and 46 are in hospital, according to CECC data.

Taiwan has been praised by the international community for its swift and successful coronavirus prevention efforts and the country has not had a confirmed domestic infection since April 12.

(By William Yen)

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