On October 5, 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 female in her 30s (Case #518). The Taiwanese woman traveled to the Philippines for work in January and returned to Taiwan on September 18.
During her stay in the Philippines, the case developed a fever, a loss of sense of smell, and diarrhea in the second half of June. After she sought medical attention in the Philippines, the case tested positive for COVID-19. The case underwent two COVID-19 tests in the second half of July, and the two test results were negative. When she returned to Taiwan, the case showed no symptoms. She was tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, and she tested negative. After she completed the quarantine period at a quarantine facility and left the quarantine facility on October 3, the case went to a hospital to take a COVID-19 test at her own expense. The test result was weak positive; infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on October 5. The case is currently hospitalized in isolation.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 94,734 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 93,571. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 518 cases. Of the 518 confirmed cases, 426 are imported; 55 are indigenous; 36 are naval crew members aboard the Panshi fast combat support ship; and 1 case has unknown sources of infection. Of the confirmed cases, there have been 7 deaths, and 485 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 26 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.