Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center confirmed one new imported case of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the country’s total to 499.
The case is a woman in her 20’s from the Philippines, who came to Taiwan for work. When she entered Taiwan on September 10, she exhibited no symptoms. She was given a COVID-19 test at the airport and then sent to a quarantine center. The woman then tested positive on Monday and has been sent to a hospital. She has not yet reported any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Health authorities are monitoring 17 people who have come in contact with the woman. Of those, 12 are passengers who were seated within two rows of the woman. The other five are airline personnel.
The authorities have also identified an additional ten people that the woman came in contact with in the Philippines who were also preparing to come to Taiwan for work. Those who have already entered Taiwan have been placed in isolation.
Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center says that Taiwan’s total number of cases to date is 499, of which 407 were imported, and 55 were domestic transmissions. Another 36 cases were confirmed on board a navy ship, while the origin of one case remains unknown. To date, seven people have died from the disease in Taiwan. A total of 476 people who had COVID-19 have recovered, and another 16 are in hospital.