Taiwan to test group of 36 visitors to Dubai and Egypt for coronavirus

N. Taiwan woman in her 60s may have been infected during trip, according to CECC

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/02/29
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Visitors at a health fair in Dubai in late January.  (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After a Taiwanese tourist who visited Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt tested positive for Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) Saturday (Feb. 29), the 36 other members of her tour group will be tested too, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

The tourist, a woman from north Taiwan aged over 60, was announced as the 39th case of the virus in Taiwan on Saturday. She was the latest of a number of travelers who had been infected overseas.

While travel advisories for Dubai and Egypt were a possibility, CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) cautioned the infection might have occurred during the flight. He therefore advised would-be travelers to avoid long-haul flights as spending a long time inside an enclosed space could increase the danger of infection, CNA reported.    [FULL  STORY]

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