4 Taiwan returnees test positive for Covid-19

Taipei, Oct 7 : Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Centre (CECC) on Wednesday announced that it had received notifications via the World Health Organization's National IHR Focal Points in Japan and France that four passengers arriving from Taiwan recently tested positive for Covid-19.

During his weekly press conference, Minister of Health and Welfare and CECC head Chen Shih-chung announced Japan recently reported three positive cases arriving from Taiwan, while France recorded one.

Of the three cases in Japan, one is a Taiwanese citizen and two are Japanese nationals, taiwannews reported.

All three cases in Japan are males ranging in age from their 50s to their 60s.

The first case was asymptomatic before departure and a test for the coraonvirus came back negative on September 30, three days before his flight to Japan.

However, when he landed in Japan on October 2, the antigen test came back positive.

The second case was also asymptomatic while in Taiwan, but tested positive on the antigen test when arriving in Japan on October 2.

The third case was a flight crew member who began experiencing chest pains on September 17.

When he arrived in Taiwan on September 18, he was admitted to a hospital.

After he was discharged from the hospital on September 25, he stayed in a quarantine hotel until October 2.

During his stay in quarantine, he did not report experiencing any symptoms of the disease.

When he arrived in Japan on October 3, an antigen test came back positive, but a nucleic acid test administered on Ocober.

4 yielded negative results.

Having begun contact tracing, the health department has thus far identified 74 people who came in contact with the three cases.

Out of these contacts, 34 have taken the nucleic acid and serum antibody tests, all of which have come back negative.

As for the case reported in France, he is a French male in his 20s who entered Taiwan in February of this year and left the country on September 30.

He was tested upon arrival in France on October 1, and the results came back positive on Oct. 2.

The man did not report experiencing any symptoms of the virus throughout his stay in Taiwan.

The health department has currently identified nine people who came in contact with the man during his stay in Taiwan.

Of them, three have been tested, with the nucleic acid and serum antibody tests all yielding negative results.



Source: IANS