Indian man in Taiwan tests positive for coronavirus after quarantine ends

9 people came in contact with infected Indian man after he left quarantine in Taiwan

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/10/07
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Ahmedabad, India, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.  (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (Oct. 7) announced two new cases of Wuhan coronavirus from Ireland and India.

During his weekly press conference Wednesday afternoon, Minister of Health and Welfare and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced two new imported coronavirus cases, raising the total number of cases in Taiwan to 523. The latest cases include a Taiwanese woman in her 20s (Case No. 522) and an Indian man in his 30s (Case No. 523), who arrived from Ireland and India, respectively.

Chen stated that Case No. 522 went to Ireland for work in October of 2019. When she arrived in Taiwan on Oct. 4, she did not report any symptoms of the disease and returned to her residence to begin home quarantine. On Oct. 5, she began to experience a fever and muscle aches.

Health department officials arranged for her to be tested that day for the coronavirus, and she was diagnosed with the disease on Oct. 7. She is currently in a hospital isolation ward.

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