CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports three new imported COVID-19 cases

Taipei,  Taiwan reported three new imported cases of COVID-19 on Friday, one each arriving from Nigeria, Egypt and the United States, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 825, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

One of the new cases involved a Nigeria-based Taiwanese businessman who began to experience symptoms including fever, shortness of breath and fatigue on Dec. 24, 2020, while still in Nigeria, the CECC said in a news release.

The man in his 70s was diagnosed with pneumonia three days later when he sought local medical treatment after his symptoms worsened.

According to the CECC, the man, who tested negative twice for COVID-19 after the diagnosis, returned to Taiwan onboard a medical charter flight Tuesday and was immediately sent to hospital and quarantined.

He was confirmed as having COVID-19 on Friday, the center said, adding that there was no need for contact tracing, as all medical workers known to have had contact with him wore personal protective equipment.

The other case was an Egyptian national who regularly travels between Taiwan and Egypt because one of her family members works here, the CECC said.

The girl, who is under 10 years old, arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday with three family members and took a self-paid COVID-19 test at the airport because, according to the CECC, a negative COVID-19 test issued within 72 hours of boarding the flight was not available as she was too young to undergo such a test in her home country.

The result came back positive on Friday, despite the fact the girl has shown no symptoms so far, the center said.

Although the three family members had proof of negative coronavirus test results issued within three days of their flight to Taiwan, they have experienced symptoms since arriving and were asked to take another test over the past two days, the CECC said, adding that those tests are currently being processed.

In addition, the center said, nine people, including the three family members, known to have had contact with the girl have been placed in quarantine.

The case from the U.S. is a Taiwanese woman in her 20s who attends college there. She tested negative for COVID-19 on Jan. 2 in the U.S. after developing a cough, sore throat and runny nose a day earlier, according to the CECC.

The woman returned to Taiwan on Wednesday and was tested for COVID-19 upon informing airport personnel of her symptoms, the CECC said.

The result came back positive Friday and 11 people known to have had contact with her are now in quarantine, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 825 cases of COVID-19, with 730 classified as imported. Of the total, 714 have recovered, seven have died and 104 remain in hospital, CECC data shows.

As the pandemic continues, COVID-19 has infected over 87.9 million people in 191 countries and regions, with more than 1.9 million fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Friday.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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