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One new imported COVID-19 case confirmed in Taiwan

ROC Central News Agency

03/09/2021 04:14 PM

Taipei, March 9 (CNA) Taiwan on Tuesday reported one new imported case of COVID-19, bringing the number of cases in the country to 977, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The case involves a Taiwanese woman in her 30s who went to work in Honduras in May 2019 and was diagnosed with COVID-19 at a hospital there in January, the CECC said in a statement.

She tested negative for the disease four times on Jan. 16, Jan. 18, Feb. 8 and Feb. 17 in Honduras before returning to Taiwan on Feb. 21. After completing her quarantine, she took a self-paid COVID-19 test at a hospital at the request of her employer, the result of which came back positive.

A friend of the woman who traveled back to Taiwan with her also took a self-paid COVID-19 test after completing the mandatory quarantine period, but that test came back negative. As the two did not have close contact in Taiwan, her friend is required only to follow local self-health management protocols.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 977 cases of COVID-19, 861 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 932 patients have recovered, 10 have died and 35 are hospitalized, according to CECC statistics as of Monday.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 117 million people in 193 countries and regions, with more than 2.6 million fatalities, CECC data shows.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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