Taiwan’s first athlete diagnosed with coronavirus visited 4 European countries

Teenager is one of 27 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Taiwan Friday March 20

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/03/20
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

File photo of a basketball game in Taiwan  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A teenager who passed through four European countries was Taiwan’s first athlete to be confirmed as a coronavirus patient, reports said Friday (March 20).

He was one of 27 new cases, including 24 imported ones, confirmed by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), taking the country’s total to 135. A man in his eighties was announced as Taiwan’s second death caused by the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

The teenager was studying at a sports faculty and had traveled overseas to take part in a competition, CNA reported, though the authorities did not mention which sport he was active in. He was not a member of the national team, but had been in training as a backup, according to some media reports. The national team was staying in quarantine at a training center in north Taiwan, while the young man was taken to hospital.3    [FULL  STORY]

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