On December 17, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced eight new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Among those eight new cases, one arrived in Taiwan from Indonesia, four traveled from Russia, and three arrived from the United States.
Case #751 is an over 40-year-old female migrant worker from Indonesia. The female migrant worker came to Taiwan to work on December 2. She hasn't developed any symptoms since arrival. Before completing the quarantine period, she was tested for COVID-19 on December 15. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on December 17.
Case #752 is a Taiwanese man in his 70s. The man resided in the United States for an extended period of time and returned to Taiwan on December 2. The man developed a cough, a sore throat, and other symptoms during the home quarantine period. He notified the health authority of his symptoms, and the health authority then arranged for him to seek medical attention and to be tested for COVID-19. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on December 17.
Case #753 is a Taiwanese woman in her 60s. The woman traveled to the United States to work in June 2019, and she returned to Taiwan on December 9, 2020. During the quarantine period, she experienced discomfort in her throat, coughing, and other symptoms. The health authority then arranged for her to seek medical attention and to be tested for COVID-19. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on December 17.
Case #754 is an American man in his 50s. The American man entered Taiwan on November 29. He hasn’t developed any symptoms since arrival. After completing the quarantine period, the American man visited the hospital to take a self-paid COVID-19 test. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on December 17.
Cases #755-758 are Russian nationals and are members of the same performance troupe as Cases #745-748 announced on December 16. Among those four Russian nationals, three are women, and one is a man. They are between 20 and 40 years old. They have not experienced any symptoms since arrival on December 29. As a total of eight members of the troupe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the CECC has asked the organizer to cancel all the shows by the Russian performance troupe.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 117,794 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 115,727. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 749 cases. Of the 757 confirmed cases, 665 are imported; 55 are indigenous; 36 are naval crew members aboard the Panshi fast combat support ship; 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 616 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 134 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.