Taiwan reports new imported case, brings tally to 48

Chief Commander Chen Shih-chung, center, speaks at a press conference on March 11, 2020.

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情中心) on Wednesday reported a new imported case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, bringing the total number in Taiwan to 48.

Case 48 is a woman in her thirties who visited the United Kingdom from Feb. 28 to March 8.

Upon her return on March 9, she experienced dizziness and headaches so she immediately sought medical help, the CECC said. With a slight fever and cough, the woman was hospitalized on March 10, and her infection was confirmed today.

She has now been moved to a negative-pressure isolation room, the CECC added.

The CECC determined that due to the woman’s recent travel history, the woman is most likely an imported case.

Family and friends are all being monitored but they have yet to show symptoms, according to the CECC.
Health authorities are continuously tracking down travel records and all contacts of case 48, including those on the same flight and all others who may have been in contact with her in the UK when she sought medical help.