Six people flying from Taiwan with fever? A misunderstanding: CECC

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The passengers who had a fever after arriving in Thailand from Taiwan have all tested negative for coronavirus, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC,中央流行疫情指揮中心) said on Wednesday.

According to Chinese-language media, the Thai passengers in question flew on an EVA Air flight from Taipei’s Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).

The aforesaid passengers, including a student, a new immigrant and four migrant workers, traveled with 223 people from Taiwan.

Upon arrival, the passengers were isolated and immediately taken to hospitals for showing symptoms of a “high fever,” raising concerns both in Thailand and Taiwan regarding coronavirus transmission.

However, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said in a statement that Thai authorities confirmed negative coronavirus test results for all of these passengers.

What is particularly alarming is that out of the 6 passengers reported for having a fever, the highest temperature was only 37.5 degrees celsius. As a result, questions have been raised regarding whether the incident was just a misunderstanding.