On March 15, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced five new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Those five new cases arrived in Taiwan from the Philippines (Cases #987, #989, #990, and #991) and France (Case #988).
Case #987 is an over 30-year-old female from the Philippines. The Filipina traveled to Taiwan for work on February 28. She arrived without symptoms. Before completing the quarantine period, she was tested for COVID-19 on March 13. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 15.
Case #988 is an over 50-year-old male from France. The French man is a colleague of Case #982, and he traveled to Taiwan for work on January 12. He arrived without symptoms. He took a self-paid test on March 12, and the test result came back negative. On March 13, he was notified by the health authority that he was identified as a contact of Case #982, and testing was then arranged for him. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 15 (The CT value was 38, and he tested positive for both IgM and IgG antibodies.).
Case# 989 is a Taiwanese man in his 50s. The Taiwanese man went to the Philippines in January 2019. As he was wanted by the Taiwanese police, he was escorted back to Taiwan on March 12 from the Philippines. He arrived without symptoms. After arrival, he was quarantined at a detention center, and testing was then arranged for him. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 15.
Case #990 and Case #991 are two Philippine fishermen in their 20s. The two fishermen traveled to Taiwan for work on February 26. They arrived without symptoms and didn't experience any symptoms during the quarantine period. The two fishermen completed their quarantine period on March 13, and their labor broker arranged for them to take a self-paid test. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the cases on March 15.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 181,352 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 179,307. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 990 cases. Of the 990 confirmed cases, 874 are imported; 77 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 10 deaths, and 951 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 29 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation