First Wuhan virus patient in Taiwan discharged from hospital

Taipei (CNA) The first Taiwanese national confirmed as having contracted the Wuhan coronavirus became the first Wuhan virus patient to be discharged from hospital in Taiwan Thursday, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that day.

Repeated tests conducted on the female patient all came back negative for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV), Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih chung (???) said at a press event in Taipei.

According to the CECC, the woman will still need to monitor her health closely and has been told to return to hospital if she feels unwell again.

In a speech recorded upon her release, which was played at the Taipei event, the woman thanked the hospital and anti epidemic staff for their hard work.

She said she is very lucky to be in Taiwan, adding that “if everyone here would complain less and be more grateful, the world would be a better place.”

The woman, who works in Wuhan, reported to quarantine officials that she didn’t feel well on arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Jan. 20.

She was immediately taken to a local hospital and placed in quarantine, where she was confirmed to be infected with the Wuhan virus the following day.

In the recording, the woman asked everyone to cooperate with epidemic control measures and not conceal their symptoms so as to protect those around them, as well as the health of the entire country.

As of Thursday, Taiwan has recorded 13 confirmed cases of the 2019 nCoV.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel