New COVID-19 case, marks Taiwan’s 30th infection from navy cluster

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung speaks at a press conference on April 24, 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 Friday reported one new case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, bringing the total number in Taiwan to 428.

The man in his thirties was also on board the Panshi Navy Ship (磐石艦隊).

He tested negative for the virus on April 18; then, he began experiencing symptoms including an abnormal sense of smell, a runny nose and nose congestion on April 22.

Health authorities performed a second test on April 23, and the infection was confirmed today.

The navy ship cluster now includes 30 confirmed cases. The CECC has tracked down 1,843 possible contacts, with 530 under quarantine and 1,313 asked to practice self-health management.

Of the 530 in quarantine, 125 have been tested, with 91 sailors testing negative. The remaining sailors are waiting for their results.

Among the 428 confirmed cases, 343 are imported, 55 are categorized as local infections, and 30 navy cluster infection cases.

Taiwan has reported 6 deaths so far, and a total of 264 of the COVID-19 patients in the country have already been released from quarantine, Chen said.

According to the latest tallies, there are 2,732,708 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 184 countries and regions, including 880,610 in the U.S., 213,024 in Spain, 189,973 in Italy, 185,023 in France and 148,046 in Germany, with a total of 189,897 deaths as of Friday.