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Taiwan reports five new imported COVID-19 cases

ROC Central News Agency

03/15/2021 04:49 PM

Taipei, March 15 (CNA) Taiwan on Monday confirmed five new imported cases of COVID-19, including a Taiwanese fugitive who tested positive after being arrested in the Philippines and sent back, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The fugitive in question is a Taiwanese national who went to the Philippines in January 2019, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing.

He was later arrested, though the CECC did not say when, and escorted back to Taiwan on March 12, according to Chuang.

On arrival, the man was placed in quarantine at a detention center and tested for COVID-19. He was confirmed with the disease on Monday, Chuang said.

Three other cases reported Monday were Philippine nationals, one women and two men, who came to Taiwan to work and tested positive for COVID-19 just before or after finishing quarantine, Chuang said.

The final case is a French man in his 50s who arrived in Taiwan for work on Jan. 12, according to Chuang.

The man received a self-paid COVID-19 test at a hospital on March 12, which came back negative. He was tested again, however, after a colleague he traveled to Taiwan with was confirmed as having COVID-19, and the result came back positive on Monday.

The two French nationals both had high CT levels, which indicates they were infected a long time ago, and five of their contacts have tested negative for the disease, Chuang added.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 990 cases of COVID-19, 874 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 951 patients have recovered, 10 have died and 29 are in the hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Monday.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 119.7 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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