The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announces two more imported cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in Taiwan. The two cases are 70-year-old Chinese females who reside in Wuhan, China. The cases arrived in Taiwan together for sightseeing on January 22, 2020 and developed fever and then were hospitalized on January 25. The hospital reported the two cases and arranged for medical treatment in a negative pressure ward. On January 28, infection with the novel virus was confirmed in the cases after testing. The cases did not develop pneumonia and are currently in a stable condition. The hospital and local health agencies have proceeded with prevention measures, including the investigation of the cases and contact tracing, according to relevant procedures.
According to the statistics collected by CECC, 130 additional cases of 2019-nCoV infection were reported in Taiwan on January 27. As of writing, a cumulative total of 530 cases have been reported, including seven confirmed cases, 269 individuals removed from the follow-up list, and the remaining ones under quarantine for lab tests of who preliminary tests were negative in 98 and tests of the others are pending. Seven confirmed cases are in a stable condition and being treated in isolation at the hospital. The contacts of confirmed case #6 and #7 are being traced. On the other hand, the total number of contacts of the other five confirmed cases is 470. Of 470, 16 contacts developed symptoms and were reported. In 10 of the 16 contacts, 2019-nCoV has been ruled out after the second test, while the other 6 are being tested.
According to the reporting data provided by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and data published by the local health commission in each Chinese province and city, as of January 27 a cumulative total of 4,515 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV infection have been recorded in China, including 976 severe cases and 106 deaths. Of 31 Chinese provinces and cities (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Tibet is the only region where no confirmed or suspected case has occurred. More cases continue to occur in Chinese provinces and cities, indicating a serious outbreak. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the novel coronavirus could sustain human-to-human transmission, indicating higher risk of infection. Thus, CECC broadened the region of travel notice of Level 3 to China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) on January 28. The public is advised to avoid non-essential travels to China.