On April 23, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) pointed out that it had received a notification from a Taiwanese airline on April 21 that an Indonesian cargo pilot in his 40s working for the airline had tested positive for COVID-19 in Australia. The cargo pilot was found to have COVID-19 after flying to Australia on April 20 and experiencing an itchy throat in the country. The CECC has started an investigation into the pilot's history of activity in Taiwan, and has identified individuals who had come into contact with him in Taiwan. Of the contacts identified, two tested positive, and infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the two cases on April 23 (Case #1090 and Case #1091).
The CECC pointed out that Case #1090 is an Indonesian male in his teens who is a family member of the pilot and lives with him. Case #1090 had no recent history of international travel. He was listed as a contact and placed under home isolation on April 21. The health authority arranged for him to undergo testing. He experienced a dry throat and dizziness on April 22. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on April 23 (the CT value was 30).
Case #1091 is an Indonesian male in his 50s who is a colleague of the pilot. Case #1091 was on duty in the United States from April 4 to April 10, and was asymptomatic during the period. After returning to Taiwan, he was tested on April 15 after completing the quarantine period; the test result came back negative. He experienced tiredness and felt slightly hot on April 16. He visited the Taipei Grand Mosque with the pilot and Case #1090 at noon the same day. He experienced a mild cough on April 18. His symptoms improved after he took some medicines. As he planned to visit his relatives in Indonesia, he took a self-paid test on April 21; infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on April 23 (the CT value was 27).
As the three confirmed cases had visited some public venues two days prior to their onset of disease and before being hospitalized, the CECC reminded members of the public who have visited those locations in the time periods mentioned below that they shall practice self-health management for 14 days. If members of the public experience suspected symptoms, they must put on a mask to seek medical care. Moreover, they shall voluntarily inform the physician of any history of contact and activity. The locations visited by the cases are listed below.
The venues visited by Case #1091:
Approx. 12:00 -13:00 Taipei Grand Mosque
No. 62, Sec. 2, Shinsheng S. Rd., Taipei
The venues visited by the pilot who tested positive in Australia:
Afternoon (being investigated) At Taqwa Mosque
No. 8-2, Zili 1st St., Dayuan Dist., Taoyuan City
Approx. 16:00 PX Mart in Luzhu District, Taoyuan City
No. 171-1,Sec. 2, Nanzhu Rd.,Luzhu Dist., Taoyuan City
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 201,735 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 199,900. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 1090 cases. Of the 1090 confirmed cases, 970 are imported; 78 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; 3 cases' sources of infection are being investigated (Cases#1078, 1079, and 1091); and 1 case (Case #530) has been removed (Case #530 is not assigned to any patients). Of the confirmed cases, there have been 11 deaths, and 1044 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 35 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.