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Four new imported cases of COVID-19 reported in Taiwan

ROC Central News Agency

12/14/2020 04:47 PM

Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) Taiwan recorded four new imported cases of COVID-19 on Monday, two from the Philippines and two from Indonesia, bringing the total number of cases to 740 since the epidemic began, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

One of the cases from the Philippines involves a woman in her 20s who came to Taiwan to work on Nov. 26, with proof of a negative COVID-19 test result issued within three days of her flight, the CECC said in a statement.

Because the woman was not a migrant worker, she was not required to be quarantined in a designated center but instead stayed at a quarantine hotel, the CECC said.

A day after her 14-day quarantine ended, the woman took a COVID-19 test at her own expense on Dec. 12 and was confirmed with the disease on Monday, though she has not shown any symptoms, the CECC said.

Ten people who were in contact with her are now in quarantine, the CECC said.

The other Filipino who tested positive is a migrant worker in his 20s who arrived in Taiwan for work on Nov. 20, according to the CECC.

He had proof of a negative COVID-19 test result issued within three days of his flight, and tested negative prior to leaving quarantine on Dec. 4, the CECC said.

On Dec. 12, his labor broker arranged to have him tested again and this time his results came back positive, the CECC said.

Because the man stayed in a room by himself throughout his quarantine period and afterwards, there is no need for contact tracing in his case, the CECC said.

The cases from Indonesia, meanwhile, are a man in his 20s and a woman in her 40s, both of whom have been asymptomatic so far, according to the CECC.

The man came to Taiwan to work as a fisherman on Nov. 26, and he had proof of a negative COVID-19 test result issued within three days of his flight.

After completing his quarantine at a hotel, he was arranged to be tested by his labor broker, and he was confirmed with the disease on Monday.

Nine people the man traveled with in the same car and were not wearing masks during the journey are now in quarantine, the CECC said.

The other case from Indonesia, a woman, came to Taiwan on Nov. 19 with proof of a negative COVID-19 test result issued within three days of her flight.

While in quarantine, she tested negative for COVID-19 twice, the first time as part of the first mass testing of all Indonesian migrant workers at designated quarantine centers on Nov. 28, and a second time prior to finishing quarantine on Dec. 3.

After leaving quarantine, her labor broker arranged for her to stay at a dormitory, and she was tested a third time for COVID-19 in Taiwan at the request of her employer.

This time, her results were positive, and another person who stayed at the same dormitory has been asked to quarantine, the CECC said.

At a press conference on Monday, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said the CT levels of the newly confirmed patients were all relatively high -- at 33, 31, 31, and 32, respectively -- which he said indicates they have all been infected for quite a while.

During the late stages of infection, COVID-19 test results can fluctuate between negative and positive, he said.

In Taiwan, a CT level of 35 and below is considered a positive case.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 740 cases of COVID-19, 648 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 606 have recovered, 127 are in the hospital and seven have died, CECC data shows.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 71.4 million people in 191 countries and regions, with more than 1.6 million fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Monday.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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