Taiwan reports another imported case of COVID-19

Health minister Chen Shih-chung speaks at a press conference on May 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the CECC)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday reported a new imported case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, bringing the total number in Taiwan to 440.

Case 440 is a woman in her twenties who traveled to Qatar for work in February and reported symptoms, including a sore throat, a runny nose and a loss of taste, on March 8.

She sought medical help in Qatar on March 10 and tested positive for the coronavirus.

On April 8, she tested negative and returned to her dormitory for quarantine until April 22.

According to the CECC, she returned to Taiwan on May 3 and reported to local health authorities upon arrival of her recent confirmed infection.

She was tested again a day later and placed under quarantine pending further investigation but her test was negative.

She had an upset stomach after returning home and was tested again on May 5, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said.

Her infection was confirmed today and she is currently under quarantine in a hospital, Chen added.

Photo courtesy of the MOHW

Health authorities are tracking down passengers of the same flight to list as close contacts for further investigation.