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New COVID-19 case in Taiwan was confirmed to be from the Philippines

Taiwan News reports that the new case of coronavirus in their country was from the Philippines. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Taiwan to 480.

This was reportedly announced during a press conference yesterday by Taiwan Health Minister and Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-Chung. It was said to be a Taiwanese woman in her 20s who flew to the Philippines on January 20 and returned to Taiwan last week (August 7). Upon arrival, she informed the quarantine staff about her symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, and was placed in a hospital isolation ward.

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The source also says that a total of 21 people have been in close contact with the new case – 3 people who are in the Philippines, 7 who sat near the woman during the flight, and 11 airline crew members. They are all expected to undergo a 14-day home quarantine.

Two days ago, a Taiwanese couple who had been working long-term in the Philippines and have just arrived back in their home country also tested positive. Another woman from the Philippines was reported to be a confirmed case 6 days ago.

Taiwan earlier reported having 119 consecutive days without local transmission.

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