Taipei, Taiwan on Friday confirmed six new imported cases of COVID-19 — three from the Philippines and one each from the United States, France and the United Kingdom — according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
The new cases all involve foreign nationals who came to Taiwan for work, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a regular press briefing in Taipei on Friday.
The viral load was at a low level in all six cases, Chuang noted.
The three cases from the Philippines are male migrant workers, one in his 30s and the other two in their 20s. All three flew to Taiwan on Feb. 17 with proof of a negative COVID-19 test issued within three days of the flight, according to the CECC press release.
The Filipinos were placed in 14 day quarantine at government-run facilities, followed by seven days of self-health management at other locations. They were tested again as required at the end of the pandemic control procedures on March 10-11, and the results came back positive Friday.
Although none of the Filipinos had developed symptoms as of Friday, one had a CT value of 34, indicating a relatively low viral load, and had IgG antibodies but no IgM antibodies, indicating he was infected a while ago, Chuang said.
The other two men also had a low viral load, Chuang said, noting that a total of 28 contacts with the three men have been identified and placed under self-health management protocols.
According to the CECC, the case from the U.S. is a Mexican man in his 20s who lives in the U.S. and tested positive for COVID-19 there on Jan. 22 after developing a sore throat.
The man flew to Taiwan for work on Feb. 13 and was tested again on March 10 after the end of quarantine and self-health management. The results, published Friday, showed a CT value of 31 and determined he had IgG antibodies but no IgM antibodies, the CECC said.
The case from France involves a French national in his 50s who came to Taiwan on Jan. 12 with a negative COVID-19 test result. As required, he sought a self-paid test at hospital on March 10 prior to his return trip.
The test results came back Friday with a CT value of 34 and showed the man had both IgG and IgM antibodies, although he has developed no symptoms so far, according to the CECC.
Asked about the man, who tested positive two months after arriving in Taiwan, Chuang said it is suspected he was infected with the virus six or seven weeks ago.
The CECC is still investigating the man’s movements in Taiwan, he said, adding that three contacts have so far been identified and placed in home quarantine.
A British man in his 40s is among the six new imported cases, having traveled to Taiwan for work on March 10.
He tested positive for the coronavirus in the U.K. on Jan. 1, the CECC said, but had proof of a negative COVID-19 result within three days of his flight upon arrival.
The man received a government-paid test on March 11 as required for all arrivals from the U.K. and the result came back positive Friday with a CT value of 39 that also showed he had both IgM and IgG antibodies, the CECC said.
To date, Taiwan has recorded 984 cases of COVID-19, of which 868 have been classified as imported. Of the total, 942 patients have recovered, 10 have died and 32 are hospitalized, according to CECC statistics.
Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 118 million people in 193 countries and regions, with more than 2.6 million fatalities, CECC data shows.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel