COVID-19 tally hits 24, Taiwanese with no recent travel history

People are seen wearing masks in Taiwan on Feb. 19, 2020. (CNA)
People are seen wearing masks in Taiwan on Feb. 19, 2020. (CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Taiwan reported another novel coronavirus infection late Wednesday night, bringing the total tally to 24.

In a statement released by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心), the female patient has no foreign travel history in the past 2 years.

She showed symptoms on Jan. 22, including a fever and coughing, and went to the doctors four times before being diagnosed with pneumonia on Jan. 29. She was hospitalized the next day.

The patient was moved to a negative-pressure isolation room on Monday (Feb. 17) as part of the CECC’s latest epidemic response measure to retrospectively test patients with flu-like symptoms for COVID-19. Test results came back positive Wednesday night.

Approximately 360 people who were in close contact with the woman, including family members, friends, and medical staff, are being arranged to be tested on the virus, per the CECC.