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Taiwan confirms two new imported COVID-19 cases

ROC Central News Agency

03/04/2021 03:35 PM

Taipei, March 4 (CNA) Taiwan on Thursday confirmed two new imported cases of COVID-19, one each from Nigeria and the Philippines, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

One of the cases is a Nigerian man in his 50s, who lives in Taiwan and holds a residency permit, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing.

The man traveled to Nigeria on Jan. 8 to attend a funeral, and he had a slight cough during his trip, but it subsided after he took some medicine, Chuang said.

When he returned to Taiwan on Feb. 28, he had proof of a negative COVID-19 test result issued within three days of his flight, as is required for all arrivals.

He was tested for COVID-19 during quarantine because he had asked to see a doctor for chronic health issues, and his test came back positive Thursday, Chuang said.

The other case reported Thursday is a Filipino migrant worker in his 20s who came to work in Taiwan on Feb. 9, according to Chuang.

He tested negative for COVID-19 on Feb. 22, before his quarantine ended, but another test on Feb. 26 was inconclusive, Chuang said.

As a precaution, the man was hospitalized and tested two more times, Chuang said, adding that the patient was confirmed Thursday to be infected with COVID-19.

Eight people, who were not wearing a mask when they took the same vehicle as the patient, have been quarantined, Chuang said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 960 cases of COVID-19, 844 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 928 patients have recovered, nine have died, and 23 are in hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Thursday.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 115 million people in 193 countries and regions, with more than 2.5 million fatalities, CECC data shows.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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