On February 18, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced two new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Those two new cases (Cases #940 and #941) arrived in Taiwan from the Philippines and Malaysia.
Case #940 is an over 20-year-old female migrant worker from the Philippines. The Philippine migrant worker traveled to Taiwan to work on February 3. Before completing the quarantine period, she was tested for COVID-19 on February 16. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on February 18.
Case #941 is an over 30-year-old male from Malaysia. The Malaysian man traveled to Taiwan for work on January 31. He hasn't experienced any symptoms since arrival. At the request of the company he worked at, he visited the hospital to take a self-paid test on February 16. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on February 18.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 169,615 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 166,989. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 940 cases. Of the 940 confirmed cases, 824 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 9 deaths, and 886 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 45 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation