CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports six new imported COVID-19 cases

Taipei-Taiwan on Thursday confirmed six new imported cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,036, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

One of the new cases involves a Paraguayan man in his 20s who traveled to Taiwan to study on March 5, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (???) said at a press briefing.

As the man transited through Brazil, he was tested for COVID-19 twice while he was in quarantine at a government center, with both results coming back negative. A third test he took at a hospital on March 29, however, came back positive, although a fourth test taken the next day was negative.

Based on his test results, the man seems to have been infected a long time ago, Chuang said.

Five of his contacts in Taiwan, who are international students who shared his dormitory, have been asked to quarantine, although they have all tested negative for COVID-19.

Another case reported Thursday involves an Irish man in his 20s who came to Taiwan to work on March 15. He was confirmed with COVID-19 in Ireland in early January, although he tested negative twice before coming to Taiwan, according to Chuang.

After finishing quarantine, the man took a self-paid COVID-19 test at the request of his employer, which came back positive.

Two other cases, meanwhile, involve migrant workers from the Philippines -- a man in his 20s and a woman in her 40s -- Chuang went on.

During quarantine, the woman experienced a distorted sense of taste, while the man lost his sense of smell and taste. Both were confirmed on Thursday to be infected with COVID-19.

The fifth case is a Taiwanese woman in her 50s who travels extensively for her work and returned to Taiwan on March 5, according to Chuang.

The woman took two self-paid COVID-19 tests on March 24 and March 30 because she was planning on leaving Taiwan, with the first test coming back negative and the second coming back positive.

Six people with whom she had contact in Taiwan have been asked to quarantine, of whom four have tested negative for the disease. The test results of the other two are still being processed, said Chuang.

The final case reported that day is an Indonesian woman in her 30s who traveled to Taiwan on March 28. As she suffered hot and cold flushes during the flight and had a fever when she arrived, she was immediately sent to a hospital and tested for COVID-19, the result of which came back positive on Thursday.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 1,036 cases of COVID-19, 920 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 983 patients have recovered, 10 have died and 43 are in the hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Thursday.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 128.6 million people in 193 countries and regions, with more than 2.8 million fatalities, CECC data shows.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel