On March 9, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced one new confirmed imported case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. The new case is a Taiwanese woman in her 30s. She visited Honduras for work in May 2019. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Honduras on January 6, 2021. The Taiwanese woman later tested negative four times on January 16, January 18, February 8, and February 17, respectively.
The CECC pointed out that the woman returned to Taiwan on February 21. She didn't experience any symptoms during the quarantine period. She completed the quarantine period on March 8, and she visited the hospital to take a self-paid COVID-19 test the same day due to work requirements. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 9.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 178,886 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 176,442. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 977 cases. Of the 977 confirmed cases, 861 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 932 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 35 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.