Taiwan reports imported coronavirus case from US

Teenager who returned to Taiwan to visit relatives tests positive for coronavirus

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/08/17
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Crowded hallway at North Paulding High School in Dallas, GA. (Associated Press, Hannah Watters photo)

3TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Aug. 17) announced one new case of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) imported from the U.S.

During a special press conference on Monday, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) announced there was one new imported coronavirus case, raising the total number of cases in Taiwan to 485. Case No. 485 is a male in his teens who lived in the U.S. for an extended period of time and returned to Taiwan on Aug. 5 to visit relatives.

Chuang said that the teen was not reporting any symptoms when he arrived in Taiwan on Aug. 5. However, for unexplained reasons, he underwent testing for COVID-19 on Aug. 15 and was confirmed to have the virus on Aug. 17.

He is currently in a hospital isolation ward undergoing treatment. As the case wore proper protective gear during the flight, has been asymptomatic, went straight to a quarantine center upon arriving in Taiwan, and did not come in contact with any relatives or friends in Taiwan, the CECC has not listed any persons as being at risk of contracting the disease.

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