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Taiwan confirms five new imported COVID-19 cases

ROC Central News Agency

04/14/2021 09:07 PM

Taipei, April 14 (CNA) Taiwan on Wednesday reported five new imported cases of COVID-19 and revoked Cambodia's designation as being a country of low-to-moderate risk from the disease.

Two of the cases involved migrant workers from the Philippines, one of whom is a woman in her 20s and the other man in his 30s. They tested positive for COVID-19 during or just after finishing quarantine, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

Two other cases, a British man in his 40s and a Taiwanese man in his 70s, also tested positive during quarantine, the CECC said.

The final case reported Wednesday involved a Russian man in his 40s, who was infected with COVID-19 when he was still in Russia in December, but arrived in Taiwan with a negative test taken three days before departure, according to the CECC.

The man traveled to Taiwan in late January and began working on a ship on Feb. 4. He was at sea until April 11 and did not stop at any other ports before returning to Taiwan, the CECC said.

On April 12, he took a self-paid COVID-19 test at a hospital, and the result came back positive on Wednesday.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 1,067 cases of COVID-19, 951 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 1,029 have recovered, 11 have died and 27 are in hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Wednesday.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 137 million people in 193 countries and regions, with more than 2.9 million fatalities, CECC data shows.

Also on Wednesday, Chen said the CECC has revoked Cambodia's status as being of low-to-moderate risk for COVID-19 because the country has recently seen an increase in case numbers.

In Taiwan, business travelers from countries deemed to be at low-to-moderate or low-risk for COVID-19 can apply to be quarantined for fewer than the normal 14 days, as long as they take a self-paid COVID-19 test at the end of the quarantine period and it comes back negative.

Those from low-risk countries can apply to have their quarantine lifted on the fifth day after their arrival, while those from low-to-moderate risk countries can do so after seven days.

The current list of countries and regions the CECC deems to be at low risk of COVID-19 are New Zealand, Macau, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Laos, Nauru, the Marshall Islands, Bhutan, Australia, Singapore and Vietnam.

Hong Kong is listed as being of low-to-moderate risk.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)


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