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Taiwan confirms one new imported COVID-19 case from Philippines

ROC Central News Agency

03/10/2021 04:53 PM

Taipei, March 10 (CNA) Taiwan on Wednesday reported one new imported case of COVID-19 involving a migrant worker from the Philippines, bringing the number of cases in the country to 978, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The patient is a Filipino in his 20s who flew to Taiwan on Feb. 28 for work with proof of a negative COVID-19 test issued within three days of his flight, as required for everyone arriving in Taiwan. He had no symptoms on arrival, the CECC said in a press release.

The man was quarantined at a government-run facility and developed a moderate cough and a fever. He then sought medical treatment and took another test for the coronavirus. The result came positive on Wednesday, the CECC said.

No contacts were identified because the Philippine national has been in quarantine since arrival, the CECC said in the release.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 978 cases of COVID-19, of which 862 have been classified as imported. Of the total, 936 patients have recovered, 10 have died and 32 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.

Also on Wednesday, the CECC re-classified Timor-Leste and Mauritius from low risk of COVID-19 to low-to-moderate risk.

The adjustment was made after Timor-Leste was hit by domestic outbreaks, leading the Southeast Asian country to declare a state of emergency, while Indian Ocean island-nation Mauritius reported its first domestic case last week and more since then, according to the CECC.

The CECC has also added Hong Kong to its list of countries and regions determined to be low-to-moderate risk of COVID-19.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, explained at a press briefing that COVID-19 outbreaks in Hong Kong, a special administration region of China, are under control, and the territory has met Taiwan's low-to-moderate risk criteria four weeks in a row.

In Taiwan, business travelers from countries deemed to be low-to-moderate or low risk for COVID-19 can apply to have their quarantine shortened from the normal 14 days, as long as they take a self-paid COVID-19 test at the end of the quarantine period and it comes back negative.

Those from low-risk countries can apply to have their quarantine lifted on the fifth day after their arrival, while those from low-to-moderate risk countries can do so after seven days.

The current list of countries and regions the CECC deems to be low risk are New Zealand, Macau, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Laos, Nauru, the Marshall Islands, Bhutan and Australia.

The CECC currently lists Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Timor-Leste and Mauritius as being of low-to-moderate risk.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)


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