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Taiwan records three new imported cases of COVID-19

ROC Central News Agency

01/07/2021 03:45 PM

Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) Taiwan reported three new imported cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, one each from the United States, the Philippines and Indonesia, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 822, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

All three of the cases had proof of negative COVID-19 test results issued within three days of their flights to Taiwan, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing.

The case from the U.S. is a Taiwanese man in his 50s who works there. He returned to Taiwan on Jan. 5 and was tested for COVID-19 after telling airport personnel that he had a cough, Chuang said.

The result came back positive on Thursday, he said.

The two other cases were a female migrant worker from the Philippines in her 30s and an Indonesian man, also in his 30s, who came to Taiwan to work as a fisherman, Chuang said.

They arrived in Taiwan on Dec. 23 and Dec. 24, respectively and tested positive for COVID-19 prior to finishing their quarantine, Chuang went on, adding that neither of them have shown symptoms of the disease so far.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 822 cases of COVID-19, with 727 classified as imported. Of the total, 708 have recovered, seven have died and 107 are in hospital, CECC data shows.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 87.1 million people in 191 countries and regions, with more than 1.8 million fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Thursday.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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