Taiwan reports first domestic transmission of coronavirus

Chuang Jen-hsiang speaks at a press conference on Jan. 26, 2020. (CNA)
Chuang Jen-hsiang speaks at a press conference on Jan. 26, 2020. (CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Taiwan reported its first locally-infected coronavirus patient on Wednesday, marking the eighth confirmed case of novel pneumonia nationwide.

The patient, male, aged in the 50s, is a family member of Taiwan’s fifth confirmed case, a middle-aged female who worked in Wuhan and returned to Taiwan for the Chinese New Year.

According to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the patient is in stable condition and under quarantine. Of the eight confirmed cases in Taiwan, this is the first and only one that was locally infected.

In China, the official number of confirmed cases has soared pass 7,000 on Thursday morning, of which 170 people have died.

Outside the epicenter, countries across the globe have reported cases of contagion, including Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Germany, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Nepal, the U.S., Canada, France, and Australia.

CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) reminded people showing preliminary symptoms, including having a fever and coughing to report to health authorities at the airports and ports upon landing.

Should any symptoms appear within 14 days of arrival, call 1922 or 0800-001-922 and go to the doctors according to instructions.

For more information on the epidemic and the situation in Taiwan, the CDC’s Line account (ID: @taiwancdc) provides instant updates on the number of confirmed cases and instructions on how to protect oneself from being infected by the virus. The account was set up in 2017 in joint efforts with HTC.