By: Chiang Yi-ching
All of the patients contracted the disease overseas and they consisted of 18 Taiwanese and an American working in Taiwan, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC.
Among the 19, seven were male and 12 were female. They entered Taiwan after traveling abroad between March 12 and March 22, and began showing symptoms between March 15 and March 23, Chen said.
The countries they had traveled to before arriving in Taiwan included the United Kingdom, the United States, Egypt, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Turkey and Thailand.