CECC announces two more imported cases of COVID-19

The CECC confirmed that the six Thai nationals who traveled from Taiwan to Bangkok tested negative prior to departure

CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang speaks at a press conference on July 17, 2020. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) reported two more imported cases of COVID-19 on Friday and dispelled rumors regarding six Thai nationals who returned to Bangkok with fevers.

Case 453 is a female who returned from the Philippines. She started to show symptoms on July 14 and immediately notified health authorities of her condition upon arrival in Taiwan.

She was then tested at the airport and placed under quarantine. Her infection was confirmed today. The government has already traced several possible contacts.

Case 454 is a man who returned to Taiwan from the Philippines on July 15. Since he had a fever on July 11, he swiftly notified local health authorities upon arrival. After being tested, he was confirmed to have tested positive today.

The government has since traced and notified 24 individuals he had been in contact with on his journey back to Taiwan.

Regarding rumors that six Thai nationals returned to Bangkok with fevers, on the other hand, the CECC’s spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said that based on information from EVA Air’s staff members in Bangkok, the six individuals have tested negative.

However, they are still waiting for confirmation from the Thai government. Chuang explained that these six Thai nationals did not transfer in Taiwan but instead stayed in Taiwan before departing.

Still, he stressed that there would have been no way for these six people to have boarded their flights with a fever because Taiwan mandates temperature checks at airports.