3 imported COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan, tally at 893

File photo of Health Minister Chen Shih-chung speaking at a press conference. (Photo courtesy of NOWnews/CECC)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) reported 3 imported COVID-19 case on Wednesday, bringing the tally to 893.

Speaking at a press conference, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the imported cases are from the Philippines, Myanmar and the U.S.

Case 892 is a migrant worker in his thirties from the Philippines who traveled to Taiwan on Jan. 6.

He submitted the required documents and was tested again on Jan. 19 when his quarantine period ended.

He followed his employer’s request to self-health manage for seven more days and was tested again on Jan. 25.

His infection was confirmed today, and he is currently asymptomatic whilst under quarantine.

No possible contacts have been listed, the CECC said.

Case 893 is a migrant fisherman from Myanmar also in his thirties, and arrived in Taiwan on Jan. 3.

He submitted negative test results and was tested again on Jan. 18 when his quarantine period ended. 

As he was set to begin work on the seas after his self-health management 7-day period, he acquired another test on Jan. 25 and the infection was confirmed today.

He is asymptomatic and the CECC have since tracked down 27 possible contacts, 12 of which are under quarantine while the rest are practicing self-health management.

The last case reported today (case 894) is a Taiwanese woman in her forties who had traveled to the U.S. for work in October 2020.

She returned to Taiwan on Jan. 17 and submitted the required documents.

She began developing symptoms such as coughs, a runny nose and sore throat two days later and self-medicated to relive the symptoms.

However, she soon reported experiencing an upset stomach and fever on Jan. 24 and alerted health authorities a day later.

She was subsequently tested and the infection was confirmed today.

Possible contacts from the same flight are still being determined, the CECC said. 

As of press time, 893 cases have been confirmed so far, including 783 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, 803 were released from quarantine, and the rest are under quarantine.