CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan confirms 3 new imported cases of COVID-19

Taipei-Taiwan reported three new imported cases of COVID-19 on Saturday involving arrivals from the United Kingdom, Vietnam and the Philippines, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

One was a British woman in her 20s who arrived in Taiwan Feb. 12 to attend school, with a negative COVID-19 report that showed she was tested on Feb. 7 and Feb. 9 while in the U.K., Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (???) said at a press briefing in Taipei.

However, according to Chen, the woman previously tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 8, weeks before arriving in the country.

She was immediately placed in a designated quarantine facility on arrival, and the following day received a test for COVID-19 where the result came back negative, he added.

The woman was tested again prior to her quarantine release on Feb. 25, and the result came back positive on Saturday, the health minister said, noting that there is no need for contact tracing as she has not been in contact with anyone during her quarantine period in Taiwan.

Meanwhile, a second imported case is an Indonesian fisherman in his 20s who arrived Feb. 8 on a Taiwanese fishing boat after making a port call on Feb. 3 in Vietnam.

According to the CECC, the man returned to his boat after finishing the mandatory 14-day quarantine to observe self-health management. On Feb. 25 his labor broker arranged a COVID-19 test, which came back positive on Saturday.

A total of 48 people have been identified as having come into contact with the man, Chen said, noting that 24 were crewmates, who are now under home quarantine while the rest are under self-health management.

The third imported case involves a woman in her 30s from the Philippines, who came to work in Taiwan Feb. 5 and had a negative COVID-19 report upon arrival

The Filipina was tested prior to quarantine release on Feb. 18, with the result negative, Chen said, adding that a second test was arranged by her labor broker on Feb. 26, with the result coming back positive also on Saturday.

Two people identified as having come into contact with the woman are now required to observe self-health management, he explained.

To date, Taiwan has reported 954 cases of COVID-19, of which 838 have been classified as imported.

Of the total, 917 people have recovered, nine have died and 28 remain in hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Saturday.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel