Taiwan confirms 8 new cases, 3 deaths, total now at 306

Chief Commander Chen Shih-chung speaks at a press conference on March 30, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the CECC)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情中心) on Monday reported eight new imported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and three deaths, bringing the total number in Taiwan to 306.

Among the new confirmed cases, seven are classified as imported — 3 women and 4 men — with ages ranging between 20 and 80, 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 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.

Case 300 studied at the same British school as cases 257 and 258 and had close contacts with case 258 before returning to Taiwan. She returned on March 22 with no symptoms, but showed signs of infection on March 25.

The infection was confirmed today.

As of today, the school cluster infection includes 3 cases.

Case 301 is a man in his thirties who 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, he sought medical help on March 15 and March 25, respectively, and began showing symptoms such as fever, headaches, shortness of breath and more. He was later 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. He 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, she 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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