By: Chiang Yi-ching
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung / Photo courtesy of the Central Epidemic Command Center
Taipei, April 2 (CNA) Ten new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease were confirmed in Taiwan Thursday, bringing the total in the country to 339 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
The newly confirmed patients are all Taiwanese nationals, eight of whom contracted the disease overseas and two who were infected locally, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC.
One of the local infections, a man in his 50s, likely contracted COVID-19 from case No. 291, a Taiwanese man who went on vacation to Indonesia and tested positive for the disease on March 29, according to the CECC.
The man, who began showing symptoms on March 23 and made several trips to the doctor's, visited the doctor again on March 31 after finding out about case No. 291's diagnosis. He was sent to a negative pressure isolation room for testing that day and was confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 on Thursday, the CECC said. [FULL STORY]