Taipei, Taiwan has listed 33 people as contacts of a Taiwanese national reported in Shanghai on Sunday to have contracted COVID-19, and 14 of them have tested negative for the virus while testing is ongoing for the remainder.
Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said Tuesday that all of the 14 people are close contacts and that nucleic acid tests on them came back negative.
The infected Taiwanese is an elderly woman in her 70s who lives alone in southern Taiwan, Chuang said, noting that the woman flew to Shanghai on Aug. 15, when she was tested and received a negative result for COVID-19.
The woman was then quarantined at a hotel, where she developed a sore throat on Aug. 21 and received a new test the following day, which came back positive, Chuang said, adding that the woman was isolated for medical treatment on Aug. 23.
Chuang anticipated that the case would not have an impact on Taiwan because the patient was in Shanghai, not in Taiwan, for several days before the onset of the disease, but he said the investigation into the patient’s contacts in Taiwan will continue.
Also, the question of whether the infection occurred in Taiwan or Shanghai still needs to be addressed, said Chuang, who is deputy director-general of the Centers for Disease Control.
China reported 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection on Sunday, all imported, including the one from Taiwan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel