The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情中心) on Monday reported 8 new imported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, bringing the total number in Taiwan to 306.
Three deaths (cases 34, 108 and 170) were also reported by the CECC.
Among the new confirmed cases, seven are classified as imported with 1 local infection.
The local infection is case 299, a 10-year-old boy, the CECC said. He is a family member of case 269 and developed feverish symptoms on March 26. He was tested the next day, and the infection was confirmed today.
Case 299 no longer has any symptoms, and health authorities have currently tracked down 24 contacts of the cluster infection.
The CECC announced that the new imported cases include 3 women and 4 men, with ages ranging between 20 and 80.
The imported cases returned to Taiwan between March 2 and March 22 and started showing symptoms for COVID-19 from March 6 to March 26. Many have recently traveled to the U.K. and the U.S., the Philippines and Egypt.
The CECC said that five of the new cases are cluster infections.
The CECC added that case 300 studied at the same British school as cases 257 and 258 and had close contacts with case 258 before returning to Taiwan.
Case 300 returned on March 22 with no symptoms, began developing symptoms on March 25, with the infection confirmed today.
As of today, the school cluster infection includes 3 cases.
Case 301 traveled to the U.S. during Feb. 20 to March 2, and experienced symptoms including coughing on March 6, but was diagnosed as a cold.
As the symptoms didn’t lessen, case 301 sought medical help on March 15 and March 25, respectively, and began showing symptoms such as fever, headaches, shortness of breath…etc.
Case 301 was hospitalized on March 28 and the infection was confirmed today.
Case 302 studied at the same school in the U.K. as cases 152, 222, 225 and 272.
Case 302 did not report showing symptoms upon arrival in Taiwan on March 16, but tested positive soon after.
As of now, the school cluster infections have 7 confirmed cases.
Case 303 and 304 traveled to the U.S. with case 182 between March 7 and March 19 as part of a tour group. They began showing symptoms on March 20 and March 26, respectively.
Their infections were confirmed today.
The travel group now has 3 confirmed cases.
Case 305 had traveled to the Philippines to visit family between Feb. 8 and March 14. During this time, case 305 had close contact with case 164 and began showing symptoms on March 24, after returning home, and the infection was confirmed today.
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