On January 29, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced four new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Among those four new cases, three (Cases #897-899) arrived in Taiwan from the Philippines, and one (Case #900) traveled from South Africa.
Cases #897-899 are three female migrant workers from the Philippines, and they all are in their 30s. Those three Philippine migrant workers arrived in Taiwan on January 14. They haven't experienced any symptoms. They were tested for COVID-19 on January 27, before completing the quarantine period. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the cases on January 29.
Case #900 is a Taiwanese man in his 60s. The man returned to Taiwan from South Africa on January 12. He began to experience a sore throat, a stuffy nose, and other symptoms on January 19. He took some over-the-counter medicines and notified the health authority of his symptoms. As his symptoms improved, he didn't seek medical attention. After completing his quarantine period on January 27, the man sought medical care by himself and was tested for COVID-19. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 29.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 151,837 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 148,478. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 899 cases. Of the 899 confirmed cases, 789 are imported; 71 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 7 deaths, and 813 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 79 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.