The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday reported 2 new imported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, bringing the total number in Taiwan to 445.
As of today, Taiwan has not had any local infection cases for 64 days straight.
According to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 疾管署) press release, the CECC announced that case 444 is a man in his fifties while case 445 is a woman in her forties, both of whom recently traveled to Bangladesh near the end of January and in early March, respectively.
They were both on a return flight to Taiwan on June 12 and arrived on a day later.
The CECC added that case 444 experienced symptoms such as fever, coughs, a sore throat, muscle pains and an abnormal sense of taste on May 23 while still working in Bangladesh.
Case 445 also began having fever on May 25 and both cases’ infections were confirmed abroad, the CECC said.
They were subsequently hospitalized.
According to the CECC, case 444 did not display any related symptoms on May 26 and was subsequently tested on the 28th and June 2, with the results showing negative for the COVID-19 virus.
Case 445 also tested negative on June 2 and both cases were released on that day.
Both cases were asymptomatic when they returned to Taiwan on June 13, and immediately reported their previous health conditions to airport authorities.
When tested by Taiwan health authorities, both travelers’ results came back positive, and the infections were confirmed today.
Case 444 and 445 both wore face masks and protective clothing for the entire duration of their flight was promptly tested and quarantined when they arrived in Taiwan, the CECC added.
Health authorities have now tracked down 37 possible close contacts, with 11 of them being placed under self-health management while the rest are asked to self-quarantine for the time-being.
The tally of pneumonia-related reports as of press time was 74,409 (including 73,507 already dismissed), with 445 confirmed infections.
Among the confirmed cases, 354 are imported, 55 are categorized as local infections, and 36 belong to the navy cluster infection.
Taiwan has reported 7 deaths so far, and a total of 433 of the COVID-19 patients have already been released from quarantine, Chen said.
The remaining patients are still being monitored.