Taiwan reports 3 new infections, brings tally to 425

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung speaks at a press conference on April 21, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the CECC)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) on Tuesday reported 3 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, bringing the total number in Taiwan to 425.

The aforesaid cases include two men and one woman who had previously been on board the “Fleet of Friendship” (敦睦艦隊) — three ships of Taiwan navy.

According to the CECC, case 423 was an intern on one of the ships, he experienced an abnormal sense of smell on March 30.

As he had been in the same compartment as cases 396 and 397, he reported his symptoms on April 18 and the infection was confirmed today.

Case 424 is a woman in her thirties who had experienced dizziness, a stuffy nose, headaches and an abnormal sense of smell on April 5 though. Her symptoms reportedly lessened soon after.

The third confirmed case is a man in his twenties. He began developing symptoms such as a runny nose, fever and headaches on March 23.

The aforesaid cases were tested on April 18; their infections were confirmed during a second test today.

The fleet now has 27 confirmed cases. The CECC has tracked down 349 possible contacts, with 187 under quarantine and 162 asked to practice self-health management.

To date, 343 of Taiwan’s 425 cases have been classified as imported, while 55 are believed to be local infections, according to CECC statistics.

The other 27 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, 217 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 2,483,792 patients in 184 countries and regions, including 784,326 in the U.S., 200,210 in Spain, 181,228 in Italy, 178,774 in France, and 141,672 in Germany, with a total of 169,253 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Tuesday.