Taiwan reports one new infection from navy ship cluster

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (Photo courtesy of CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) on Wednesday reported one new case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, bringing the total number in Taiwan to 426.

The man in his twenties was an intern on board the Panshi Navy Ship (磐石艦隊).

He developed symptoms such as fever, coughs, and a loss of taste on March 23 and took some cold medicine to alleviate them.

After being tested negative for the virus on April 18, he again experienced symptoms including a stuffy nose and an abnormal sense of smell.

Health authorities performed a second test the next day, and the infection was confirmed today.

The fleet now has 28 confirmed cases. The CECC has tracked down 692 possible contacts, with 446 under quarantine and 246 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 28 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, 236 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 2,570,203 patients in 184 countries and regions, including 823,786 in the U.S., 204,178 in Spain, 183,957 in Italy, 178,172 in France, and 143,457 in Germany, with a total of 175,948 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Wednesday.