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Taiwan reports one new imported case of COVID-19

ROC Central News Agency

03/26/2021 04:11 PM

Taipei, March 26 (CNA) Taiwan on Friday reported one new imported case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,013 since the pandemic began, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new case is a migrant worker from the Philippines in his 30s who arrived in Taiwan on Feb. 28 with proof of a negative COVID-19 test issued within three days of his flight, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing.

On March 13, near the end of his mandatory 14-days of quarantine at a government-run facility, the man was tested for COVID-19 and the results again came back negative, Chuang said.

After completing his quarantine, the man moved into a residence provided by his employer and on Thursday, he was taken to a hospital for a self-paid COVID-19 test before starting his new job, Chuang said.

The results of that test came back positive on Friday, although the man was asymptomatic so far, he said.

The CECC has asked seven people who sat near the man on his way to and from the hospital to follow self-health management protocols.

Meanwhile, Chuang said, an additional 1,862 people received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, bringing the total number of people who received the jab to 7,053 since Taiwan began its vaccination campaign on Monday.

Of those who received the shot, a total of 14 have reported having adverse reactions, all but one of which were classified as "minor," such as fever, muscle soreness, or swelling at the site of the injection, he said.

The CECC reported on Thursday that a nurse in New Taipei City with a history of allergies had a severe reaction to her shot, but it said that she had recovered and had since been discharged from the hospital.

To date, Taiwan has recorded a total of 1,013 COVID-19 cases, of which 897 have been classified as imported.

Of those, 973 have recovered, 10 have died and 30 remain in hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Friday.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Matthew Mazzetta)

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