Taiwan reports 1 imported COVID-19 case from Mexico, tally at 890

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung reports one more imported COVID-19 case in Taiwan on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of the CECC)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) reported 1 imported COVID-19 case on Tuesday, bringing the tally to 890.

Speaking at a press conference, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the imported case is a Taiwanese man in his forties (case 891) who had previously traveled to Mexico for work in November 2020.

He began experiencing symptoms of the virus on Jan. 3 and tested positive on Jan. 6. He was quarantined in his hotel and hospital rooms in Mexico between Jan. 7 and Jan. 23.

As he had other underlying illnesses, he requested medical attention and submitted an application for an international air ambulance which was soon accepted.

He returned to Taiwan on Jan. 24 and the infection was confirmed today.

Case 891 was alone on the plane apart from crew members who did not enter Taiwan, and was transported to an isolation room in a hospital upon arrival; therefore, no possible contacts have been listed, the CECC said. 

As of press time, 890 cases have been confirmed so far, including 780 imported cases, 71 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, 797 were released from quarantine, and the rest are under quarantine.