On January 28, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced two new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. The two new cases (Case #895 and Case #896) arrived in Taiwan from the United States and Germany, respectively.
Case #895 is a Taiwanese man in his 20s. He returned to Taiwan from the United States on January 24. During the home quarantine period, the man experienced an abnormal sense of smell and taste on January 25. The health authority then arranged for him to seek medical care and undergo COVID-19 testing. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 28.
Case #896 is a Taiwanese man in his 30s. He returned to Taiwan from Germany on January 22. During the home quarantine period, he began to experience a headache, fever, and runny nose on January 25. The health authority then arranged for him to seek medical attention and undergo COVID-19 testing. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 28.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 150,239 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 146,869. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 895 cases. Of the 895 confirmed cases, 785 are imported; 71 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 7 deaths, and 809 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 79 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.