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Three new imported COVID-19 cases confirmed in Taiwan

ROC Central News Agency

04/02/2021 06:00 PM

Taipei, April 2 (CNA) Three new imported cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Taiwan on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,039, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

One of the new cases involved a man in his 30s from Switzerland, who entered Taiwan on March 14 from Singapore with a negative test result carried out within three days of his flight, the CECC said in a statement.

He showed no symptoms before completing his 14-day quarantine on March 29 and took a self-paid test arranged by his employer on March 31.

That test came back positive on Friday, with CT values of 32 and 37, respectively, for the previous two days. He was found to have both IgM and IgG antibodies, despite being asymptomatic, indicating that he had been infected some time ago, the CECC said.

Sixteen of his 34 contacts have been quarantined at home, while another 18 are conducting self-health management, according to the CECC.

The other two cases involved two fishermen from Indonesia, one in his 50s and the other in his 20s, it said.

The older Indonesian fisherman entered Taiwan on March 18 with a negative test result for COVID-19. He took a test before completing quarantine on March 31, which confirmed that he was infected with the disease, with a CT value of 34, while having negative IgM antibodies and positive IgG antibodies.

As he had no contacts while in quarantine, no contact tracing is necessary in his case, the CECC said.

The younger Indonesian fisherman arrived in Taiwan on March 11, exhibiting no symptoms and holding a negative test result before being quarantined at a government-designated facility.

He took a test that showed a negative result before completing his quarantine on March 26 and another at the request of his company on March 31 that came back positive for COVID-19 on Friday with a CT value of 37. He also had both IgM and IgG antibodies, the CECC said.

He had contact with 11 people, nine of whom were put into isolation and the other two instructed to undergo self-health management.

As of Friday, Taiwan had confirmed 1,039 cases of COVID-19 across the country, with 923 classified as imported. Of the total, 987 have recovered, 10 have died and 42 are hospitalized, according to CECC statistics.

(By Flor Wang and Chen Ming-hsun)

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