Filipina tests positive for COVID-19 after leaving Taiwan

Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (Photo courtesy of the CECC)

TAIPEI (CNA) — A woman from the Philippines tested positive for COVID-19 after leaving Taiwan recently, but has shown no symptoms of the disease so far, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.

Information about the case was sent from Philippine health authorities to Taiwan via the National IHR Focal Point, a communication channel set up under the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations, the CECC said.

The woman, who is in her 30s, came to Taiwan on Feb. 27 to work, and returned to the Philippines on Aug. 19. She was tested upon arrival for COVID-19, and her results came back positive on Aug. 21, according to the CECC.

So far, she has shown no symptoms of the disease, the CECC said.

The CECC has identified 21 people who were in contact with the woman when she was in Taiwan, including her co-workers and roommates. It has asked 20 of them to quarantine at home, and one to follow self-health management protocols.

All 21 contacts are being tested for COVID-19 and its antibodies. Two COVID-19 tests have come back negative, and the others are being processed, the CECC said.

The center is also checking to see if the woman had other contacts while in Taiwan.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 487 cases of COVID-19, with 395 classified as imported. Of the cases, 462 have recovered, seven have died, and 18 are still being treated in hospitals, according to CECC data.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 23.8 million people in 187 countries and regions, with 819,521 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Wednesday.