CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 2 new imported cases of COVID-19

Taipei-Taiwan on Wednesday confirmed two new imported cases of COVID-19, one each from Myanmar and Indonesia, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

One of the new cases is a Taiwanese man in his 60s, who went to Myanmar to work early last year and tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 29, 2020 after developing a cough and fever a few days earlier, the CECC said.

The man was admitted to a hospital in Myanmar Dec. 30, 2020 and was discharged Jan. 27, but he developed breathing problems and was hospitalized again, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (???), who heads the CECC, said at a news briefing.

The man returned to Taiwan Feb. 7 on a medical charter flight and was tested again, with the results coming back positive Wednesday, Chen said, adding that the man has been under care in a negative pressure hospital room since he arrived.

The other case is an Indonesian man, in his 40s, who arrived in Taiwan on Jan. 24 to work and presented proof of a negative test result that had been issued three days before his flight, Chen said.

On arrival in Taiwan, the Indonesian man went directly into mandatory quarantine at a hotel, and he took a self-paid test on Feb. 8 at the end of the 14-day period, Chen said.

The test result obtained Wednesday was positive, and the man is now in a hospital isolation room, according to Chen.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 935 cases of COVID-19, 819 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 853 patients have recovered, nine have died, and 73 are in hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Wednesday.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel