WUHAN VIRUS/Another Taiwanese tests positive for novel coronavirus

Taipei, Feb. 8 (CNA) Another Taiwanese has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV) after a recent trip overseas, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of the respiratory virus in Taiwan to 17, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.

The latest confirmed case is that of a man in his 20s, one of the sons of a couple who were confirmed to be infected with 2019 nCoV two days earlier after the family transited through Hong Kong from Taiwan Jan. 22 for a vacation in Italy, said Chuang Jen hsiang (???), deputy director of Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control.

The young man developed a cough on Jan. 27 in Italy, while his parents also started to show symptoms on Jan. 26 and Jan. 28, respectively, Chuang said.

It is believed that the family caught the virus while on one of their flights, but it was not clear on which segment of their trip they were infected, Chuang said.

When the son returned to work in Taiwan, he claimed to have worn face masks, but 11 of his colleagues will still be asked to self quarantine themselves at home, Chuang said.

He was reported to be in stable condition with only mild symptoms and no fever, Chuang said, adding that the hospital he has been admitted to is working with relevant health units to contact individuals he might have had contact with.

On Friday, 64 new suspected cases of the novel coronavirus had been reported in Taiwan, bringing the total number to 1,399, according to the CECC. Infection has been ruled out in 1,258 of those cases.

The 2019 nCoV, which started in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December, has resulted in more than 34,000 infections and over 700 deaths, mostly in China, as of Saturday.

Last week, the World Health Organization declared the virus a global health emergency.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel