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Four new imported COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan

ROC Central News Agency

12/01/2020 05:21 PM

Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) Taiwan recorded four new imported cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, including a Taiwanese national who violated Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) protocols to return, according to the CECC.

The Taiwanese national is a man in his 30s who works in the United Kingdom, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing.

While in the U.K, the man experienced fatigue and a runny nose, and was confirmed with COVID-19 on Oct. 28. He quarantined for 10 days in accordance with local protocols, during which he experienced loss of smell, Chuang said.

The man returned to Taiwan on Nov. 28 and reported to airport personnel that he had contracted COVID-19 in the U.K., although he no longer had symptoms.

The man was tested for the disease at the airport and the results came back positive on Tuesday, Chuang said, adding that the CECC is still tracking down who he came into contact with on the flight.

As the man failed to meet the health criteria set by the CECC for Taiwanese citizens who contract COVID-19 abroad and wish to return, he will be investigated and fined NT$10,000 (US$347) to NT$150,000 under the Communicable Disease Control Act, Chuang said.

According to CECC regulations, Taiwanese citizens who contract the disease abroad must meet either one of two conditions to return.

One condition is that they no longer have any symptoms of COVID-19 and two months have elapsed since they first started experiencing symptoms, and the other is that they have had two negative COVID-19 test results (taken at least 24 hours apart) and 10 days have elapsed since they first began to experience symptoms.

Another case confirmed on Tuesday is a Belarusian man in his 40s who holds an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), said Chuang.

He traveled to Belarus to visit family in mid-October and returned to Taiwan to work on Nov. 13. He took a self-paid COVID-19 test at the behest of his company on Nov. 30, and was confirmed as having COVID-19 on Tuesday, Chuang said.

The man has been asymptomatic so far, and one health professional who was in contact with him while wearing only gloves and a mask has been asked to quarantine, Chuang said.

The third case is a man from the Philippines in his 20s who came to Taiwan to work on Nov. 16, Chuang said.

He had a runny nose on Nov. 27 and was tested before finishing quarantine, and his result came back positive on Tuesday, Chuang said.

The final case is an Indonesian woman in her 30s who came to work in Taiwan on Nov. 28. She told airport personnel at the airport that she had been feeling dizzy the past week and received a COVID-19 test, Chuang said.

She was confirmed with the disease on Tuesday, and the CECC has identified 44 people who sat near her on the flight, all of whom are in quarantine, Chuang said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 679 cases of COVID-19, with 587 classified as imported. Of the total, 568 have recovered, seven have died and 104 are in hospital, CECC data shows.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 63.2 million people in 191 countries and regions, with more than 1.4 million fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Tuesday.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Chiang Yi-ching)

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