Taiwan reports 1 new imported case, brings COVID-19 tally to 439

Chief Commander Chen Shih-chung speaks at a press conference on May 6, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the CECC)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday reported 1 new imported case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, bringing the total number in Taiwan to 439.

Case 439 is a woman in her thirties who had traveled to the U.S. for work in January and returned to Taiwan on April 26.

According to the CECC, she experienced some nasal congestion and fatigue prior to her arrival in Taiwan. She reported these symptoms accordingly after disembarking from the plane.

She was immediately tested but the results were negative so she was placed in quarantine in a hotel pending further investigation.

As she continued to experience a runny nose, nasal congestion and an abnormal sense of taste, health authorities conducted another test on May 4.

Her infection was confirmed today and she is currently staying in a local hospital.

“She was immediately placed in quarantine after arriving in Taiwan and had no contact with friends or family,” health minister Chen Shih-chung said.

He reassured the public that all passengers from the same flight have been listed as close contacts for further investigation.