Two more imported COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung speaks at a press conference on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of the CECC)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) reported 2 more imported COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the tally to 819.

Both submitted negative test results taken three days prior to their flights and are asymptomatic. 

Case 819 is an Indonesian migrant fisherman in his thirties, and came to Taiwan on Dec. 22 for work purposes.

He was tested on Jan. 4 when his quarantine period ended and the infection was confirmed today.

No possible contacts have also been listed by the CECC as he had been under quarantine.

Case 820 is a Filipino migrant worker in his twenties who arrived in Taiwan on Dec. 13.

He was tested on Dec. 26 when his quarantine period ended, but the result came back negative. 

On Jan. 4, he was tested again upon finishing the 7-day self-health management requirement and the infection was confirmed today.

Four possible contacts have since been listed by the CECC, among which 2 are under quarantine and the others are under self-health management. 

As of press time, 819 cases have been confirmed so far, including 724 imported cases, 56 local infections, 36 cases aboard the Dunmu (敦睦) ship, 1 unknown case and 1 case (case 530) which later tested negative.

Among the confirmed cases, 7 people died, 700 were released from quarantine, and the rest are under quarantine.