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Taiwan reports 6 new COVID-19 cases, breaks 1,000 mark

ROC Central News Agency

03/19/2021 05:59 PM

Taipei, March 19 (CNA) Taiwan on Thursday confirmed six new imported cases of COVID-19 -- three from the Philippines and one each from the United States, Paraguay and Indonesia, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,004, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

One of the three cases from the Philippines is a man in his 30s, who arrived in Taiwan on Feb. 28 to work for a local company, the CECC said.

On arrival, the Filipino presented proof of a negative COVID-19 test obtained within three days of his flight, and he went into mandatory quarantine for 14 days at a hotel.

After he was tested on March 17 at his own expense, however, the result came back positive on Friday, and six contacts in that case have been identified, the CECC said in a press release.

The other two cases from the Philippines are two female migrant workers in their 20s and 30s, who presented the required recent negative COVID-19 tests on arrival in Taiwan on March 4, the CECC said.

Near the end of their mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government-run facility, they were tested and found to be infected with COVID-19, the CECC said, adding that both women were asymptomatic and had not had contact with anyone since they arrived in Taiwan.

The case from the U.S. is an American in her 50s, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 14 in the U.S., but she showed proof of a negative test when she arrived in Taiwan on Feb. 7 with her family for work purposes, according to the CECC.

It said the woman had been quarantined at a hotel until Feb. 22, then she moved to another hotel with her family.

On March 17, the woman took another test, as she was preparing to return home, and it came back positive Friday, the CECC said.

A total of 13 contacts have been identified in that case, and they are all in home quarantine, except for a hotel manager, who has been asked to follow self-health management protocols, the CECC said.

In the case from Paraguay, the CECC said the man in his 20s had tested positive for COVID-19 in his country on Jan. 16, but he arrived in Taiwan on March 5, via Brazil and Dubai, with proof of a recent negative test, as required.

In keeping with Taiwan's COVID-19 protocols for arriving foreign students, the man was tested on March 6, and that result was negative, the CECC said.

A second test on March 18, near the end of his mandatory 14-day quarantine, came back positive Friday, the CECC said, adding that no contacts were identified.

The case from Indonesia is a migrant fisherman in his 20s, who came to Taiwan on March 5 and tested positive at the end of his quarantine period in a government-run facility, according to the CECC.

He was asymptomatic, no contacts were identified in that case, the CECC said.

The six new COVID-19 cases pushed the total number in Taiwan past the 1,000-mark to 1,004, with 888 classified as imported. Of the total, 959 patients have recovered, 10 have died, and 35 are in hospital, according to the CECC's latest statistics.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 121 million people in 193 countries and regions, with more than 2.6 million fatalities, the CECC data as of Friday showed.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)

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