CORONAVIRUS/Filipino transit traveler did not contract COVID-19 in Taiwan: CECC

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/05/2020
By: Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, July 5 (CNA) A Filipino woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong after transiting through Taiwan on Friday was probably infected in the Philippines, but not in Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.

According to information obtained by the CECC, the woman flew from Manila to Taiwan on Friday then transferred the same day to a flight to Hong Kong, where she was confirmed on Saturday to have contracted COVID-19, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) told reporters.

Under Taiwan's current regulations pertaining to transit passengers, they are permitted to remain in the country's main airport for no more than eight hours, he said.

Given that the woman tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday after her arrival in Hong Kong the previous day, it is highly unlikely that she had contracted the virus in Taiwan, Chuang said.

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