Taipei, Taiwan confirmed two new imported cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, one each from Indonesia and the Philippines, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 819, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
One of the cases involved an Indonesian fishing worker in his 30s who arrived in Taiwan on Dec. 22, 2020, to work and presented a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test done in the three days prior to boarding his flight to Taiwan.
The man showed no COVID-19 symptoms during his 14-day mandatory quarantine and he tested again for the disease before the quarantine ended on Jan. 4, with the test coming back positive on Wednesday.
The other case was that of a Filipino migrant worker in his 20s who came to Taiwan on Dec. 13 for work purposes and presented proof of a negative COVID-19 test issued within 72 hours prior to his flight.
He also showed no COVID-19 symptoms during his 14-day mandatory quarantine and tested negative again for the disease before the end of his quarantine on Dec. 26.
It was only after the Filipino worker completed a 7-day period of self-health management — a less restrictive form of quarantine — and took a test he paid for that he was found to be positive with COVID-19.
Health authorities have traced four people who had contact with him, with two of them being placed under home quarantine and two subject to self-health management, according to the CECC.
To date, Taiwan has recorded 819 cases of COVID-19, with 724 classified as imported. Of the total, 700 patients have recovered, seven have died and 112 are in the hospital, CECC data shows.
Since the pandemic began, COVID-19 has infected over 86.34 million people in 191 countries and regions, with more than 1.87 million fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Wednesday.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel