Taiwan reports 2 new infections, brings tally to 422

Chief Commander Chen Shih-chung speaks at a press conference on April 20, 2020.

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) on Monday reported 2 new imported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, bringing the total number in Taiwan to 422.

The two imported cases are women in their 20s who previously studied abroad.

Case 421 had been studying in Canada since Jan. 16 and she developed a cough on April 13. When she returned to Taiwan on April 19, she was immediately tested for the above symptom and the infection was confirmed today.

The other imported case had left Taiwan to study in the United States on Jan. 11. She had traveled to Spain between Jan. 14 and March 13, and developed symptoms such as breathing difficulties, a sore throat and an upset stomach on March 8.

She sought medical help in the U.S. and returned to Taiwan on April 18. She reported her symptoms to authorities and was tested at the airport.

Her infection was also confirmed today.

To date, 343 of Taiwan’s 422 cases have been classified as imported, while 55 are believed to be local infections, according to CECC statistics.

The other 24 are military personnel who were serving on the Panshi Fast Combat Support Ship, part of a goodwill fleet that visited Palau from March 12 to 15, CECC statistics showed.

To date, 203 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have been categorized as recovered, six have died, and the others are in hospital, the CECC said.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 2,409,052 patients in 184 countries and regions, including 759,086 in the U.S., 195,944 in Spain, 178,972 in Italy, 175,942 in France, and 139,897 in Germany, with a total of 164,242 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Monday.