On April 24, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced one new confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. The case (Case #1092) was found to test positive for COVID-19 after the CECC conducted retrospective testing among the contacts of the airline pilot testing positive in Australia.
Case #1092 is a Taiwanese male in his 40s. He is a cargo flight crewmember working for the same airline as the pilot. The Taiwanese crewmember was on duty in New Zealand and the Netherlands between April 9 and April 16. As he needed to be on duty again, he was tested for COVID-19 on April 9 and April 13, and the test results were negative. He was tested again on April 19, and the test result came back negative. He flew to and back from Japan for duty on April 22. In the afternoon the same day, the CECC conducted retrospective testing among individuals who had come into contact with the pilot found to have COVID-19 in Australia. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on April 24 (the CT value was 35; he had a CT value of 23 after given another test, and he tested negative for antibodies).
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 202,574 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 200,556. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 1097 cases. Of the 1097 confirmed cases, 976 are imported; 78 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; 4 cases' sources of infection are being investigated; and 1 case (Case #530) has been removed (Case #530 is not assigned to any patients). Of the confirmed cases, there have been 12 deaths, and 1045 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 40 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.