On March 19, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced eight new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with seven being imported (three cases linked to tour groups) and the other one being indigenous (a contact of cases of Case #59). A total of 108 cases have been confirmed in Taiwan as of writing. Case #101 is an over-70-year-old male who was a member of the same tour group as Case #55. A total of five people from the tour group to Egypt have been confirmed to have COVID-19, including four members of the travel group and one contact. Case #102 is an over-50-year-old female. She traveled to the United States for business events with some members of her family from February 29 to March 11. Her family members haven’t developed any suspected symptoms. The CECC will continue to expand contact tracing.
Case #103 is a classmate of Case #59. They both are high school students and sit near each other in the classroom. Their high school will be temporarily closed beginning March 20 until March 27 as two cases have been confirmed in the school. Cases #104 and #108 are an over-40-year-old female and an over-40-year-old male, who had traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic with the same tour group as Case #61. A total of four members of this tour group have been confirmed to have COVID-19. Case #105 is an over-20-year-old male. He went abroad alone on December 24 of 2019 to study in France. He returned to Taiwan on March 17. Members of his family currently don’t have any symptoms.
Case #106 is an over-20-year-old male. He traveled to Spain on a study tour from January 5 to March 17. Case #107 is a French male in his 50s. Case #107 visited his relatives in Taiwan on March 15, and was under home quarantine at a hotel designated by the local government upon entry. He developed symptoms on March 17. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 17. Health agencies will continue to trace related contacts of these cases.