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Taiwan reports 2 new COVID-19 cases from Indonesia, Philippines

ROC Central News Agency

03/24/2021 04:49 PM

Taipei, March 24 (CNA) The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday confirmed two new imported cases of COVID-19 -- one from Indonesia and one from the Philippines -- bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 1,009.

The case from Indonesia is that of an Indonesian national in her 20s who had once tested positive for COVID-19 in her country in November last year, according to a CECC press release.

The woman flew to Taiwan on March 9 with proof of a negative test result within three days of her flight and was then quarantined at a government-run facility until March 22, when she was tested again.

That test came back positive on Wednesday, the CECC said, adding that the woman was asymptomatic and had no contact with anyone since her arrival.

The case from the Philippines involves a migrant worker in his 20s who came to Taiwan on March 9 with negative test result proof.

Upon the end of his quarantine at a government-run facility on March 22, the man received another test for the coronavirus, the result of which came back positive on Wednesday, the CECC said.

Like the case from Indonesia, the man was asymptomatic and no contacts were identified, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 1,009 cases of COVID-19, 893 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 969 have recovered, 10 have died and 30 remain in hospital, CECC data shows.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 124 million people in 193 countries and regions, with more than 2.7 million fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Wednesday.

Meanwhile that day, the CECC removed Timor-Leste from its list of countries determined to be at low-to-moderate risk of COVID-19, after cluster outbreaks were reported in several areas outside Dili, the capital of the Southeast Asian country.

In addition, the center re-classified Vietnam and Singapore from low-to-moderate risk of COVID-19 to low risk, as outbreaks were easing in these nations.

Most new COVID-19 cases confirmed over the past two weeks in Vietnam were imported, while all new domestic cases involved close contact with those in quarantine. In Singapore there were a mere two domestic cases in the past two weeks, the CECC said.

The countries/regions categorized as low risk for COVID-19 include New Zealand, Macao, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Laos, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Bhutan, Australia, Singapore and Vietnam.

The list of countries/regions determined to be low-to-moderate risk comprise Cambodia, Hong Kong and Mauritius, CECC data shows.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)

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