Taiwan reports 2 more cases, coronavirus tally jumps to 26

CECC Chief Commander Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) leaves a press conference on Feb. 21, 2020. (CNA)
CECC Chief Commander Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) leaves a press conference on Feb. 21, 2020. (CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Taiwan health authorities reported two more coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the tally to 26.

The two patients are the granddaughter and youngest daughter of case 24, a female patient with no recent travel history, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) told a press conference.

The granddaughter began coughing on Jan. 28. She went to the doctor two days later because of a fever, and then again on Feb. 4 and Feb. 12 due to coughing.

The daughter had no flu-like symptoms, but also went to the doctor on Feb. 9 and Feb. 13 due to esophageal reflux.

The pair was quarantined after case 24 was found to have contracted the virus.

The source of infection of the case 24 is still under investigation, CECC Chief Commander Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said.

The center has located 391 people who came in close contact with the family cluster, of which 169 have been tested, of which 143 are negative, Chen said. The results for the remaining are pending.

Case 24 showed symptoms on Jan. 22, including a fever and coughing, and went to the doctor’s 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 (Feb. 19) night.

Taiwan saw one of the most drastic jump in its COVID-19 tally this week, jumping from 18 to 26 in five days.

Of all the confirmed cases, one has died, two have been discharged from the hospital.