Taiwan reports 1 more imported COVID-19 case from the Philippines

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung speaks at a press conference on Aug. 12, 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 481.

The man in his fifties traveled to the Philippines for a business trip on June 26 and returned on Aug. 10.

According to the CECC, case 481 began experiencing diarrhea, from July 26 to July 28 and self-medicated to relieve the symptoms.

Near the end of July, he began experiencing cold shakes and again on Aug. 8. He was reported to have been too tired to seek medical help.

Case 481 had worn a face mask, protective clothing, safety goggles and gloves for the duration of the returning trip to Taiwan and immediately reported his symptoms upon arrival, the CECC said.

He was taken to an isolation facility to be tested by health authorities and his symptoms continued till Aug. 11; his infection was confirmed today.

The man is now being quarantined at a local hospital.

Health authorities have since tracked down 18 possible contacts. Two colleagues on the same flight home and 5 others who sat in front and behind case 481 are now all under quarantine.

The remaining 11 possible contacts are cabin crew members. As they had all donned protective gear throughout the flight, they have been asked to practice self-health management.