The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情中心) on Friday reported a new case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, bringing the total number in Taiwan to 50.
Case 50 is an American man in his fifties, currently working in Taiwan, and is suspected to have contracted the virus during a visit from four friends from his home country.
The four friends (two couples) had visited case 50 from Feb. 24 to Feb. 26.
From Feb. 27 to March 7, the man began to experience chills on-and-off and showed symptoms of coughing and fever.
He immediately sought medical help on March 7.
He was tested on March 10 and the infection was confirmed today, the CECC said, adding that he has now been moved to a negative-pressure isolation room.
The CECC reported that two of the foreign visitors experienced chills and fatigue, and showed symptoms of coughing on Feb. 24 and Feb. 26, respectively.
Upon returning to the U.S., the couple tested positive for the coronavirus on March 10.
The other couple also reported respiratory problems after leaving Taiwan on Feb. 26.
Chief Commander Chen Shih-chung said that the four friends had traveled from Seattle and didn’t show any symptoms when they arrived in Taiwan.
The symptoms only came about on Feb. 24 and thus, health authorities have determined that case 50 contracted the infection through his friends.
As of now, health authorities have tracked down 64 contacts of case 50 and are following up on the rest.
The CECC has located all areas where case 50 had been at on Feb. 24 and is looking into other places the 5 friends have visited during their stay in Taiwan.