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Taiwan reports 7 new imported COVID-19 cases

ROC Central News Agency

03/27/2021 04:33 PM

Taipei, March 27 (CNA) Taiwan on Saturday reported seven new imported COVID-19 cases from Indonesia, the United States and the Philippines, bringing the total to 1,020 since the pandemic began, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

In a statement, the CECC said five of the seven new cases involved Indonesian male migrant fishery workers, in their 20s, who arrived in Taiwan on March 4 with negative test reports conducted within three days of arriving in Taiwan.

The men took tests on March 17 before completing mandatory quarantine which came back negative, and then conducted self-health management, the CECC said.

On March 24, each of them took another test to fulfill work requirements and all five were confirmed on Saturday as having contracted the virus. They remain asymptomatic.

Eight people having contact with the five Indonesian nationals have been traced with six placed in home quarantine and the others put under self-health management, according to the CECC.

The sixth case involves an American in his 40s, who arrived in Taiwan on March 9 to work, with a negative test report required by local health authorities, the CECC said.

After the man finished his mandatory quarantine he took a test on March 25 and was confirmed Saturday as being infected. He also remains asymptomatic, the CECC added.

The agency has traced six contacts with the American national, placing three in home quarantine and the others in self-health management, the CECC said.

The last case is a Philippine migrant worker in his 30s, who came to Taiwan March 13 with a negative test report, the CECC said.

The man took a test on March 26 before completing his mandatory quarantine and received a positive report Saturday, the CECC added.

The Filipino, who remains asymptomatic, had no contacts before being confirmed as having COVID-19 so no one had to be traced, according to the CECC.

To date, Taiwan has recorded a total of 1,020 COVID-19 cases, of which 904 have been classified as imported, the CECC said.

Of the confirmed cases, 978 have recovered, 10 have died and 32 remain in hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Friday.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Frances Huang)


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