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Taiwan reports two new imported COVID-19 cases from U.K., India

ROC Central News Agency

12/31/2020 03:39 PM

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Taiwan recorded two new imported cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, from the United Kingdom and India, respectively, bringing the total number in the country to 799, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The individuals both presented proof of a negative COVID-19 test that had been issued within 72 hours of boarding their flights, as required, but one of them became ill during quarantine, while the other tested positive at the end of his quarantine period, the CECC said in a statement.

In the case of the patient from the U.K., he is a British national in his 70s who arrived in Taiwan on Dec. 18 to visit his family and developed a dry cough and shortness of breath on Dec. 26, the CECC said.

He was tested Dec. 29 for COVID-19, and the result came back positive Thursday, the CECC said, adding that there was no need for contact tracing, as the man has been in quarantine since his arrival.

The other case is that of an Indian business traveler in his 20s, who had been in quarantine since his arrival Dec. 15 and was tested on Wednesday, as required by his employer, the CECC said.

The results on Thursday showed that he was infected with COVID-19, but he has been asymptomatic so far, the center said.

No contact tracing is required in that case, either, as the people with whom the man had come in contact were all wearing personal protective equipment at the time, the CECC said.

As of Thursday, Taiwan had recorded 799 cases of COVID-19, 704 of which were classified as imported. Of the total, 671 patients have recovered, 121 are in hospital, and seven have died, CECC data shows.

Since the onset of the pandemic, COVID-19 has infected over 82.6 million people in 191 countries and regions, with more than 1.8 million fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Thursday.

(By Chung Yu-chen)


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