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CECC confirms 1 more imported case; Dutch man found to have COVID-19 after taking a self-paid COVID-19 test

Date:2021-03-23

On March 23, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced one new confirmed imported case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. The new case, Case #1008, is an over 20-year-old man from the Netherlands. The Dutch man traveled to Taiwan for work on February 8. He didn’t experience any symptoms in Taiwan.

The CECC pointed out that the man completed the quarantine period on February 23. Due to work requirements, he visited the hospital to take a self-paid COVID-19 test, and the test result came back negative. As he planned to return to the Netherlands, the Dutch man went to the hospital again to take a self-paid test, and he tested positive. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 23 (the CT value was 36; he tested negative after given an RT-PCR test the next day, and he tested negative for IgM and positive for IgG antibodies).

The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 185,001 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 182,950. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 1007 cases. Of the 1007 confirmed cases, 891 are imported; 77 are indigenous; 36 are naval crew members aboard the Panshi fast combat support ship; 2 are infections on an aircraft; 1 case has unknown sources of infection; and 1 case (Case #530) has been removed (Case #530 is not assigned to any patients). Of the confirmed cases, there have been 10 deaths, and 969 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 28 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.

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