On January 2, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced six new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Among those six new cases, two arrived in Taiwan from the United States, two traveled from the Philippines, one traveled from the United Kingdom, and one arrived from Indonesia.
Case #804 is an over 30-year-old male from the United Kingdom. The British man visited Taiwan for work on December 30, 2020. After arrival, the British man stayed at a group quarantine facility to undergo quarantine. He began to experience mild nasal congestion on December 28. He was given a COVID-19 test on December 31. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 2, 2021.
Case #805 is a Taiwanese woman in her 20s. The Taiwanese woman studied in the United States for an extended period of time and returned to Taiwan on December 30, 2020. After arrival, she stayed at a quarantine hotel to undergo quarantine. The woman experienced discomfort in her throat in the evening that day. The health authority then arranged for her to seek medical care and undergo COVID-19 testing on December 31. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 2, 2021.
Case #806 is an American woman in her 40s. The American woman visited Taiwan to work on December 24, 2020. She arrived without symptoms. During the home quarantine period, she experienced fatigue, an abnormal sense of smell and taste, and other symptoms on December 29. On December 30, the health authority arranged for her to seek medical care and undergo COVID-19 testing. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 2, 2021
Case #807 and Case #808 are two female migrant workers from the Philippines. They came to Taiwan on December 18, 2020. After arrival, the two migrant workers stayed at group quarantine facilities to undergo quarantine. They haven’t experienced any symptoms since arrival. They were tested for COVID-19 on December 31 before completing the quarantine period. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the cases on January 2, 2021.
Case #809 is an over 20-year-old male sailor from Indonesia. The Indonesian sailor came to Taiwan on December 17. After arrival, he stayed at a quarantine hotel to undergo quarantine. He hasn’t developed any symptoms since arrival. He took a self-paid COVID-19 test on January 1, 2021. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 2, 2021.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 127,203 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 125,219. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 808 cases. Of the 808 confirmed cases, 713 are imported; 56 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 686 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 115 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.