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Taiwan reports 7 COVID-19 cases -- 1 death, 1 source unknown

ROC Central News Agency

04/24/2021 05:29 PM

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) Taiwan reported seven COVID-19 cases on Saturday, including one death, one airline company employee, whose source of infection remains unclear, and five imported cases, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

On April 21, a Taiwanese national in his 70s was found dead in the quarantine hotel where he was staying, having returned to Taiwan on April 8 from the Philippines, the CECC said.

During quarantine, the man saw a doctor because of a lack of appetite. He was not tested for COVID-19 because he did not have a fever or present respiratory symptoms at the time, according to the CECC.

He tested positive for coronavirus only after being found dead, and was classified by the CECC as an imported case.

Meanwhile, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing that contact tracing launched on April 21 after a China Airlines cargo flight pilot tested positive for COVID-19 in Australia, led to a new confirmed case among his colleagues.

The new patient is a Taiwanese man in his 40s. Although he had contact on April 7 with the pilot -- an Indonesian national who tested positive in Australia -- the Taiwanese had three negative test results before another result came back positive on Saturday, according to the CECC.

The latest test results, Chuang said, show the patient is in the early stage of COVID-19, the initial conclusion being that the infection is not linked to the Indonesian pilot.

The Taiwanese man is the second cargo flight crew member found to be infected with COVID-19 since April 21. Another Indonesian pilot in Taiwan was confirmed as having COVID-19 on Friday.

In addition, the teenage son of the Indonesian pilot who tested positive in Australia was also found to have contracted COVID-19 on Friday, Taiwan's first domestically transmitted case in over 70 days.

The five other imported cases reported on Saturday came from the Philippines, Indonesia and India, Chuang said.

All had a negative test result within three days of their flights. Two are men in their 20s, who arrived in Taiwan on April 8 to study, according to the CECC.

Both students went to hospital for a COVID-19 test arranged by their schools and the results came back positive, the CECC said.

The remaining three include an Indonesian male fishing worker in his 30s, who developed a cough during quarantine and tested positive, and two Philippine workers -- one man and one woman -- in their 20s.

The two Philippine workers received a COVID-19 test arranged by their employers after they completed quarantine and were subsequently confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus, according to the CECC.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 1,097 cases of COVID-19. Of the total, 12 have died and 40 are still isolated in hospital, according to CECC statistics.

(By Kay Liu)

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