Virus Outbreak: Twenty-two new infections confirmed

NAVAL CLUSTER: The CECC is not going to classify the cases from the ‘Panshih’ as imported or domestic until it completes its investigations into the ship’s outbreak

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 20, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

Soldiers from the military’s chemical units disinfect the Panshih supply ship at Zuoying Naval Base in Kaohsiung yesterday.
Photo: EPA-EFE / Ministry of National Defense handout

Twenty-two new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, with 21 coming from the navy supply ship Panshih (磐石) and one imported case, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday.

The navy cases are 19 men and two women, with ages ranging from their 20s to 40s, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said at the center’s news conference in Taipei.

The imported case is a man in his 20s who studies in the US and who developed symptoms on April 10. He returned to Taiwan on Friday, where he reported his condition to an airport quarantine officer and was tested.

The Panshih, the frigate Kang Ding (康定) and guided-missile frigate Yueh Fei (岳飛) made a “Friendship Flotilla” visit to Palau from March 12 to 15 and returned to Kaohsiung on April 9.    [FULL  STORY]

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