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Taiwan reports first COVID-19 case from China in 10 months

ROC Central News Agency

12/08/2020 04:53 PM

Taipei, Dec. 8 (CNA) Taiwan recorded two new imported cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, including the first case coming in from China since February, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The case from China is a Taiwanese man in his 50s who traveled to China's Zhejiang Province in September, the CECC said in a statement.

On Nov. 22, he returned to Taiwan with proof of a negative COVID-19 test issued within three days of his flight.

Although the man had no symptoms when he arrived, he started experiencing chills and a fever while in quarantine at a hotel on Dec. 4 and was tested the next day, the CECC said.

His results on that occasion came back positive, the CECC said.

He is the first COVID-19 case from China that Taiwan has recorded since Feb. 6, according to CECC data.

Although another Taiwanese man who returned from China on Oct. 11 also initially tested positive for COVID-19, the CECC said two weeks later that his test results had been mixed up with a different person -- a Taiwanese man arriving from France who also received a COVID-19 test at the airport on the same day.

The man returning from China had not contracted COVID-19, the CECC said.

The other case reported Tuesday is that of an Indonesian migrant worker in her 20s, who came to Taiwan on Nov. 23 with proof of a negative COVID-19 test issued within three days of her flight, the CECC said.

Once in Taiwan, she was first tested for COVID-19 on Nov. 28, when the CECC tested all of the Indonesian migrant workers in designated quarantine centers at the time amid rising cases from that country.

Her result from that test came back negative, but when she was tested again a week later prior to finishing her quarantine, her result was positive, although she remained asymptomatic, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 718 cases of COVID-19, 626 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 582 have recovered, 129 are hospitalized, and seven have died, CECC data shows.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 67.6 million people in 191 countries and regions, with more than 1.5 million fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Tuesday.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)


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