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Taiwan confirms four new imported COVID-19 cases

ROC Central News Agency

12/10/2020 04:58 PM

Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) Taiwan reported four new imported cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, one from Indonesia and three from the Philippines, bringing the total number in the country to 724, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The four individuals, all migrant workers, arrived in Taiwan Nov. 25 and 26 and were tested before the end of their mandatory 14-day quarantine period, the CECC said, adding that the results came back positive Thursday.

Currently, all migrant workers from the Philippines and Indonesia, except those hired as fishermen, are required to quarantine for 14 days at designated government-run centers and are tested for COVID-19 a few days before their quarantine ends, according to the CECC.

The worker from Indonesia, a woman in her 30s, presented a negative COVID-19 test on arrival in Taiwan on Nov. 25, the CECC said.

Four days later, she tested negative again, under a CECC initiative to test all incoming Indonesian migrant workers, following a recent spike in the number of imported cases from that country, according to the CECC. Her third test on Dec. 8, however, was positive, it said.

The three Filipino migrant workers, meanwhile, arrived in Taiwan on Nov. 25 and 26, and one developed a runny nose, while the other two have been asymptomatic so far, the CECC said.

According to Taiwan's Fisheries Agency, migrant fishermen are allowed to quarantine for the mandatory 14 days in separate cabins on their vessels or at designated hotels, upon arrival in Taiwan.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 724 cases of COVID-19, 632 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 590 patients have recovered, 127 are hospitalized, and seven have died, CECC data shows.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 68.9 million people in 191 countries and regions, with more than 1.5 million fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Thursday.

(By Chung Yu-chen)

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