WATCH LIST: Among the 460 people who have had direct contact with the eight people who have coronavirus, 27 have symptoms, but have yet to test positive for it
Date: Jan 30, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter
The Central Epidemic Command Center yesterday said that 96 suspected cases of severepneumonia with novel pathogens were reported on Tuesday, bringing the total number of reports to 621, including eight people who are confirmed to have novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV).
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said that as of yesterday afternoon no new confirmed cases had been reported, but responding to rapidly increasing cases in China, the command center has set disease prevention guidelines for public transportation, public assemblies and education institutions.
Of the 621 reports, 386 have been ruled out, and 227 people remain in quarantine for examination, including 92 people who had tested negative for 2019-nCov in their first screening.
Among the 460 people who have had direct contact with the eight confirmed cases, 27 people showed symptoms and have been reported as suspected cases, Chuang said, adding that 12 of them have tested negative for the virus twice, while five came up negative in the first test and 10 people have yet to be tested. [FULL STORY]