The Latest | Taiwan reports 18 new COVID-19 cases; total at 153

Travelers are waiting to enter the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on March 20, 2020. (CNA)
Travelers are waiting to enter the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on March 20, 2020. (CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Taiwan reported a 18-person jump in new COVID-19 cases on Saturday (March 21), bringing its total to 153, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情中心) said.

Speaking at a daily press briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, added that they were all imported cases, with the ages of those infected ranging between 20-70 years old.

The 12 women and six men returned to Taiwan between March 8 and March 19, after which the majority of them started developing symptoms of the disease, Chen said.

The countries that they visited include Turkey, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Egypt, the Czech Republic, South Africa, and Indonesia, he added.