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Taiwan confirms one new imported COVID-19 case

ROC Central News Agency

02/11/2021 02:57 PM

Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) Taiwan on Thursday confirmed one new imported case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 936, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 20s who went to study in France in September 2020 and returned to Taiwan on Jan. 29, the CECC said.

As required, he had proof of a negative COVID-19 test result issued within three days of his flight.

While in quarantine at home, he developed a cough, runny nose, nausea and vomiting, and he was arranged to be tested by health authorities. He was confirmed as having COVID-19 on Thursday, the CECC said.

His first test on Feb. 9 showed a Ct level of 28, but a test taken the next day showed he had a Ct level of 39, the CECC said. Higher Ct-values (usually in the 30s or high 30s) generally indicate lower viral loads.

Further tests showed that he had IgG antibodies but no IgM antibodies, which indicate that he was infected with COVID-19 over a month ago, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has reported 936 cases of COVID-19, of which 820 have been classified as imported. Of the total, nine patients have died, 859 have recovered and 68 remain hospitalized, CECC data shows.

Since the onset of the pandemic, COVID-19 has infected over 107.2 million people in 193 countries and regions worldwide, with more than 2.3 million fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Thursday.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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