WUHAN VIRUS / Musician who performed in Taiwan believed to be Aussie COVID-19 case

Focus Taiwan
Date: 03/05/2020
By: Chang Ming-hsuan, Yu Hsiao-han, Wang Shu-fen and Evelyn Kao

National Concert Hall (Photo courtesy of a private contributor)

Taipei, March 5 (CNA) An Australian man who arrived in Taiwan on Feb. 23 from the United Kingdom before leaving on an EVA Airways flight on March 2 is believed to be the same person Australia confirmed this week as a case of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.

The man, a musician who performed in the National Concert Hall in Taipei on the evening of Feb. 28 and the afternoon of March 1, was confirmed by the Australian authorities as a new coronavirus case after he disembarked from EVA Air's BR315 flight that departed from Taipei on March 2, the domestic airline said, citing a notice issued by the Australian health authorities.

The CECC said it has been investigating the 58-year-old man, who departed from London Feb. 22 and entered Taiwan the next day after transiting through Bangkok.

He sought medical attention at a clinic on Feb. 27 after developing a cough and a runny nose before leaving Taiwan Monday on the EVA Airways flight, according to the CECC.

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