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Taiwan reports four new imported cases of COVID-19

ROC Central News Agency

12/25/2020 06:41 PM

Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) Taiwan recorded four new imported cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number in the country to 780, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The newly confirmed cases involve individuals arriving in Taiwan from the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan and the United States, who all presented proof of a negative COVID-19 test issued within 72 hours of boarding their flights as required, the center said in a statement.

The case from the Philippines is a woman in her 30s who came to work in Taiwan on Dec. 10 and was quarantined at a government designated center on arriving.

The Philippine national was tested Wednesday prior to leaving mandatory 14-day quarantine and the result came back positive Friday, although she has been asymptomatic so far, CECC said.

There was no need for contact tracing as the woman did not encounter anyone else during quarantine, the center added.

Another case reported Friday is that of an Indonesian woman in her 40s who came to Taiwan for "personal reasons" on Dec. 16. On the same day, the woman experienced a runny nose but did not report it to the airport health authorities because the symptoms were mild, the CECC said.

During quarantine, the Indonesian national developed nasal congestion and a cough on Dec. 18-19, but the symptoms eased after she took medicine.

The woman reported to health authorities on Wednesday when she experienced a continuous cough and was tested for COVID-19, with the results coming back positive on Friday, the CECC said, adding that a total of 11 people who came into contact with her have been quarantined.

In the case from Pakistan, a Taiwanese man, who visited the South Asian country on Nov.18, transited in Dubai en route to Taiwan on Tuesday, the center said.

The man, who is in his 50s, developed a cough on Dec. 14 and subsequently sought local medical treatment, the CECC said, adding that he was tested after reporting to the heath authorities upon arrival on Wednesday after experiencing symptoms the CECC did not detail.

The result came back positive Friday, according to the CECC.

According to the center, there was no need for contact tracing as no one was seated in the two rows immediately in front of and behind the Taiwan national on the flight to Taiwan and all crew members on duty are currently abroad.

The fourth case involves a Taiwanese man who has long resided in the United States for work. The man, who is in his 40s, returned to Taiwan with his family on Sunday, the center said.

During quarantine, he experienced fatigue, a runny nose, fever and sore throat and was tested Wednesday, the result coming back positive on Friday, the center said. Of the 15 people who had contact with the man on the flight, three have been quarantined and 12 have been instructed to follow self-health management protocols, meaning they need to wear a surgical mask at all times in public and have their temperature taken twice a day, the center said.

As of Friday, Taiwan has recorded 780 cases of COVID-19, 685 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 640 have recovered, 133 are hospitalized and seven have died, CECC data shows.

Since the onset of the pandemic, COVID-19 has infected over 78.5 million people in 191 countries and regions, with more than 1.7 million fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Friday.

(By Chung Yu-chen)


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