On April 8, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced three new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan, with two being imported and one being indigenous. A total of 379 cases have been confirmed in Taiwan as of writing. With respect to the two imported cases confirmed today, one case is an over 20-year-old female (Case #377) while the other one is an over 60-year-old female (Case #378). Case #377 studied abroad in Spain, and returned to Taiwan on March 22. She was under home quarantine after entry. She had a dry, sore throat and diarrhea on March 23. She reported symptoms including persistent runny and stuffy nose, mild diarrhea, and chest and back aches when the local authority asked her about her health condition. Health agencies then arranged her medical care and COVID-19 testing. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on April 8.
Case #378 traveled to Indonesia to visit her relatives from February 16 to March 29. She was under home quarantine after returning to Taiwan. She developed coughing on April 1, and sought medical attention for other ailments on April 4. She was diagnosed with breathing difficulties, fever, fatigue and pneumonia and then admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 testing on April 5. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on April 8. Regarding the indigenous case, Case #379 is an over 30-year-old female with no recent travel history. She sought medical help for a fever and runny nose on April 4. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on April 8. An investigation into individuals who had contact with the case is underway.