Taipei, Two new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Taiwan on Friday, both of them returning Taiwanese who has been working overseas for some time, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
One of the patients is a man in his 30s, who is based in the United States and returned to Taiwan on Sept. 20 to visit his family, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing in Taipei.
Upon arrival in Taiwan, the man informed health workers that he had been in contact with a COVID-19 patient in the U.S. and was experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough and loss of smell, Chuang said.
The man was tested at the airport, and the result was negative, but his cough persisted during the mandatory 14-day quarantine period, and a second test came back positive, Chuang said.
The man has been hospitalized, and the 12 passengers who sat nearest to him on the flight to Taiwan are being closely monitored during their 14-day quarantine period, Chuang said.
The other patient, a man in his 40s, returned home on Sept. 30 from Japan, where he had been working since January, and he reported symptoms of mild diarrhea, muscle aches, a stuffy nose, fever and cough, Chuang said.
The COVID-19 test at the airport was negative, but a follow-up test while he was in quarantine showed that he was infected with the virus, according to Chuang.
The nine people who were seated closest to the man on the plane to Taiwan, including a colleague, have shown no COVID-19 symptoms and are being monitored during their quarantine period, the CECC spokesman said.
With the confirmation of the two new imported cases, the total number of infections recorded in Taiwan since the start of the outbreak rose to 517, with 425 classified as imported, according to the CECC.
As of Friday, Taiwan had reported seven deaths from the disease, 484 recovered patients, and 26 active cases, CECC data showed.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel