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Taiwan adds three new imported COVID-19 cases, all from Indonesia

ROC Central News Agency

12/13/2020 03:37 PM

Taipei, Dec. 13 (CNA) Taiwan confirmed three new imported cases of COVID-19 infections on Sunday, all from Indonesia, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 736, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The three new patients are all Indonesian migrant workers in their 20s and 30s, one man and two women, the CECC said press release.

The man, who arrived in Taiwan on Nov. 24 to work on a Taiwanese boat, presented a negative COVID-19 test report on arrival and went into mandatory 14-day quarantine, the CECC said.

Before his quarantine ended, he was tested twice, as is required, and both times the results were negative, the CECC said.

One Dec. 10, after the end of his quarantine, the man was tested again at the request of his employer, and that result came back positive on Sunday, the CECC said, adding that the man was asymptomatic.

As part of its contact tracing in that case, the CECC said, six people who had contact with the man have been asked to observe self-health management.

Meanwhile, one of the other migrant workers, a woman in her 20s, also presented a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival in Taiwan, on Nov. 28, the CECC said.

While in quarantine, she developed symptoms that included abdominal distension and vomiting, and a test on Dec. 11 came back positive, the CECC said.

In the third case, the woman in her 30s arrived in Taiwan on Nov. 25 without a COVID-19 test report, but told authorities she had tested negative in Indonesia two days before.

The two mandatory tests she received during her 14-day quarantine were both negative, but the third one at the end of 14-day period, on Dec. 10, was positive, the CECC said, adding that she also asymptomatic.

Health authorities have identified nine contacts in that case, two of whom are required to remain in home quarantine, while the others have been asked to observe self-health management, the CECC said.

The three Indonesian patients have all be hospitalized, according to the CECC.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 736 cases of COVID-19, 644 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 606 patients have recovered, seven have died, and 123 are currently hospitalized, according to CECC statistics as of Sunday.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Joseph Yeh)


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