Imported COVID-19 case from Taiwan reported in Shanghai

CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) reacts during a press conference on Aug. 24, 2020. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Shanghai recently reported an imported COVID-19 case from Taiwan but has not replied to Taiwanese requests for more information on the patient, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.

China on Sunday reported 16 imported cases of the new coronavirus, including one involving a Taiwanese patient who arrived in Shanghai on Aug. 15 and went into centralized quarantine.

The CECC is waiting for Chinese health authorities to provide information on the case, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press conference in Taipei.

“We have contacted the authorities in China, but they have not yet provided us with the details,” Chuang said.

The latest case follows another case of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling from Taipei to Shanghai on Aug. 14.

Chuang described that case as a strange case because the individual was tested in Shanghai on five consecutive days, from Aug. 15 to 19, but only the test on Aug. 17 was positive.

“So in events like this, we need to see more details so we can evaluate if it is a true (COVID-19) case,” Chuang said.

Nucleic acid and serum tests carried out on the patient’s contacts in Taiwan all came back negative for COVID-19, Chuang said.

As of Monday, Taiwan has recorded a total of 487 COVID-19 cases, including 395 classified as imported, according to CECC data.

The last time Taiwan recorded a domestic infection was on April 12, according to CECC, though there have been several cases of people who had been in Taiwan for extended stays testing positive after arriving at an overseas destination in recent weeks.