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Taiwan adds 2 new imported COVID-19 cases

ROC Central News Agency

03/28/2021 06:09 PM

Taipei, March 28 (CNA) Taiwan reported Sunday two new imported cases of COVID-19, both from the the Philippines, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,022, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The two new cases were migrant workers from the Philippines -- one man and one woman, both in their 30s, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a regular press briefing in Taipei that day.

The woman came to Taiwan March 25 for work and provided a negative COVID-19 test result issued within three days of her flight.

However, on arrival in Taiwan, she had a body temperature of 39 degrees Celsius and was given a COVID-19 test, which came back positive Sunday, Chuang said, adding that the test result showed a CT value of 33 and was positive for IgG antibodies but negative for IgM antibodies.

The woman had difficulty breathing and developed a fever and headache on March 24.

Health authorities have traced 16 people who had contact with the woman on her flight to Taiwan, including flight crew members, placing them in home quarantine, health monitoring or self-health management, the CECC said.

The Filipino man arrived in Taiwan on March 9 to work and presented a negative COVID-19 test report issued within three days of his departure.

He was placed under self-health management March 24 after completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine period at a company dormitory.

The man took a self-paid test on March 26 in order to start work and that came back on Sunday showing he had COVID-19, with a CT value of 35 and both IgM and IgG antibodies. Currently, he remains asymptomatic and no contacts have been identified, Chuang said.

A CT value greater than 34 indicates a low viral load, which is typically associated with a lower risk of infectiousness.

Meanwhile, Chuang added that 22 people who had contact with a Taiwanese man who returned home in November 2020 and tested positive for COVID-19 last Thursday have tested negative for the disease.

The Taiwanese man in his 20s, went to the United States on Nov. 19, 2020 for work and returned to Taiwan via South Korea three days later.

The man has displayed no symptoms since he was quarantined in a government-designated hotel after returning to Taiwan.

He took a self-paid COVID-19 test on March 23 in order to travel abroad and was confirmed as having contracted COVID-19 on March 25, 122 days after returning to the country, the longest gap between an individual returning from overseas and being diagnosed, according to Chuang.

The man's test result showed a CT value of 36 and he had both IgM and IgG antibodies, indicating he was infected a while ago and may have contracted COVID-19 in the U.S., Chuang previously said.

The CECC is arranging to have people who had contact with him tested and continues to study the case, according to Chuang.

To date, Taiwan has recorded a total of 1,022 COVID-19 cases, of which 906 have been classified as imported, 979 have recovered, 10 have died and 33 are in hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Sunday.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Evelyn Kao)


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