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Taiwan confirms four new imported cases of COVID-19

ROC Central News Agency

04/13/2021 04:06 PM

Taipei, April 13 (CNA) Taiwan on Tuesday confirmed four new imported cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,062, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said that day.

One of the cases involves a Taiwanese man in his 50s who is a resident in the Philippines. As he needed emergency medical treatment for a condition unrelated to COVID-19, he traveled back to Taiwan on April 11, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing.

He was tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and the day after that, and both results came back positive, Chuang said.

Another case involves a Taiwanese man in his 30s who went to work in Ethiopia in October last year and was confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 there in late March.

He then tested negative for the disease twice -- on April 1 and April 7 -- before traveling to Taiwan on April 9, according to Chuang.

Upon arrival, however, he told airport personnel he had a cough. He was immediately tested for COVID-19 and sent to a government quarantine center, where he was tested again the next day.

The first test came back negative, but the second test was positive, Chuang said.

The two remaining cases are a Taiwanese man in his 40s who went to Bangladesh to work in February and a Taiwanese man in his 20s who went to Ireland to study in September last year.

Both men returned to Taiwan in early April and began showing symptoms of COVID-19 while in quarantine. They were confirmed to be infected with the virus on Tuesday.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 1,062 cases of COVID-19, 946 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 1,027 have recovered, 11 have died and 24 are in hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Tuesday.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 136.3 million people in 193 countries and regions, with more than 2.9 million fatalities, CECC data shows.

Also on Tuesday, Chuang said that the number of people who have received their first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine in Taiwan totaled 25,882 as of 10 a.m. since the rollout began on March 22.

Under the current rate of vaccinations, it is unlikely that the two shipments of COVID-19 vaccines that Taiwan has received so far will be able to be used before they expire.

A total of 117,000 vaccine doses Taiwan bought directly from AstraZeneca expire on June 15 and 199,200 AstraZeneca doses supplied through COVAX expire on May 31.

So far, 13 cases of serious reactions to the vaccine have been recorded, the most recent two being a man and a woman who are both in their 20s, Chuang said.

The woman experienced a fever, headache, dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea after getting the vaccine, while the man developed a headache and swollen lymph nodes in his armpit.

Their symptoms have since subsided, Chuang said.

The CECC has also received 110 reports of people who have had milder side effects such as headaches, muscle pain, fever and redness and pain around the injection site, Chuang added.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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