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COVID-19 cases related to China Airlines climb to 16

ROC Central News Agency

04/29/2021 03:49 PM

Taipei, April 29 (CNA) Three more people linked to China Airlines (CAL), one of Taiwan's major carriers, have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number in that group to 16, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.

Two of the new cases are domestically transmitted infections, while the source of the other one is unknown, the CECC said.

One of the domestic cases is a Taiwanese employee at Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, where many CAL flight crew members usually quarantine when they arrive in Taiwan, the CECC said.

The employee, in his 40s, developed symptoms on April 17 and sought treatment at a clinic three times between April 19 and 26, but his condition did not improve, the CECC said.

On April 27, he went to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia, and he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, the CECC said, adding that the patient is in an intensive care unit.

The man was a senior housekeeping employee at the hotel, in charge of checking the cleanliness of the rooms, and he also helped deliver items to the flight crews in quarantine there, according to the CECC.

The employee wore a mask and gloves while on the job, it added.

Three other employees at the hotel have developed fevers, and they are being tested for COVID-19, while all the other staff and hotel guests have been moved to government quarantine centers, the CECC said. (Update: Possible COVID-19 cluster probed at Taoyuan airport hotel: CECC)

The other new domestic COVID-19 case is a Taiwanese woman in her 40s, the wife of a CAL pilot who tested positive on April 20, the CECC reported.

The third case linked to CAL is a cargo pilot, who returned from the United States on April 25. The Taiwanese pilot, in his 50s, tested positive during quarantine after he developed symptoms of the disease.

With the confirmation of the three new cases Thursday, the number of COVID-19 infections linked to CAL has increased to 16 over a 10-day period.

According to the CECC, they are eight Taiwanese cargo pilots; three relatives of Taiwanese cargo pilots; a hotel employee; two Indonesian cargo pilots, one of whom was confirmed with COVID-19 in Australia; and two relatives of one of them.

So far, the CECC said, it has not been able to determine how any of the pilots became infected.

Besides the three new cases linked to CAL, Taiwan also reported two new imported COVID-19 infections Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 1,121.

Of the total, 1,051 patients have recovered, 12 have died, and 58 are in hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Thursday.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 149 million people in 193 countries and regions, with more than 3.1 million fatalities, CECC figures show.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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