On November 1, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced three new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Those three cases (Cases #557-559) arrived in Taiwan from Indonesia and the United States.
Case #557 is an Indonesian woman in her 10s. The Indonesian woman entered Taiwan for studies on October 29. The case developed a loss of sense of smell on October 7, but she didn’t seek medical attention in Indonesia. When entering Taiwan, the Indonesian woman voluntarily notified airport quarantine officers that she experienced a loss of sense of smell. She had her specimen collected upon arrival. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on November 1.
Case #558 is an Indonesian migrant worker in his 30s. The Indonesian migrant worker traveled to Taiwan for work on October 14. After arrival, the Indonesian migrant worker stayed at a quarantine hotel. After completing the quarantine period on October 29, the migrant worker visited the hospital to take a COVID-19 test at his own expense. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on November 1. The case is currently hospitalized in isolation.
Case #559 is a Taiwanese man in his 50s. He resided in the United States due to work for an extended period of time (his most recent departure from Taiwan was in February). When he returned to Taiwan from the United States on October 20, he voluntarily notified airport quarantine officers that he experienced a fever and cough. After he had his specimen collected upon arrival, he was taken to a group quarantine facility. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on November 1.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 102,037 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 100,593. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 558 cases. Of the 558 confirmed cases, 466 are imported; 55 are indigenous; 36 are naval crew members aboard the Panshi fast combat support ship; 1 case has unknown sources of infection; and 1 case (Case #530) has been removed from confirmed cases (Case#530 is not assigned to any patients). Of the confirmed cases, there have been 7 deaths, and 518 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 33 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.