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Taiwan confirms one new imported COVID-19 case

ROC Central News Agency

03/14/2021 03:09 PM

Taipei, March 14 (CNA) Taiwan confirmed one new imported case of COVID-19 on Sunday from South Africa, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 985, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

The case involves a South African woman in her 20s who came to Taiwan to work on Feb. 19, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press conference.

The woman was quarantined in a government facility and tested twice for COVID-19, which is required of all arrivals from South Africa, and the results came back negative both times, Chuang said.

On March 12, she took a third COVID-19 test at a hospital at the request of her employer and the result came back positive, with a CT level of 34, Chuang said.

Another test the next day showed she had a CT level of 37. She tested negative for IgM antibodies and positive for IgG antibodies, which, along with the relatively high CT levels that indicate lower viral loads, suggested that she was infected a while ago.

The woman has been asymptomatic so far, and the one person she was in contact with in Taiwan has been quarantined.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 985 cases of COVID-19, 869 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 950 patients have recovered, 10 have died and 25 are in the hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Sunday.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 119.3 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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