Woman in her 30s becomes Taiwan’s 48th COVID-19 confirmed case

TAIPEI (CNA) — A Taiwanese woman in her 30s, who recently traveled to the United Kingdom, was confirmed on Wednesday as having contracted the respiratory illness COVID-19, making her the 48th case in Taiwan, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The woman, who lives in northern Taiwan, visited the U.K. from Feb. 28 to March 8, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, said at a press conference Wednesday.

After returning to Taiwan, the woman sought medical attention at a clinic on March 9 for dizziness and headache, Chen said.

The following day, after developing a mild fever and coughing, she sought further treatment at a hospital, and testing results on Wednesday confirmed she had contracted the coronavirus disease, Chen said.

The woman is currently being quarantined in a negative-pressure isolation room. So far, none of her family members have shown symptoms of the disease, the CECC said.

The CECC said the patient is likely to have contracted the disease overseas, adding that the center is investigating her travel itinerary in the U.K. and those she may have come in contact with, including friends in the U.K, passengers on her flight to Taiwan and anyone at the clinic and hospital she initially visited.