On March 26, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 17 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan, with 15 being imported and the other two being indigenous. A total of 252 cases have been confirmed in Taiwan as of writing. With respect to indigenous cases confirmed today, the two patients were identified as contacts of confirmed imported cases. Case #246 is an over-60-year-old male and a member of Case #209’s family. He lives with Case #209 (infected in the United States), but didn’t develop suspected symptoms. After being identified as a contact, he was tested for COVID-19 and diagnosed with COVID-19. Case #247 is an over-40-year-old female and a member of Case #228’s family. She lives with Case #228 (infected in the Netherlands). Case #247 developed symptoms on March 23, sought medical attention and was tested for the novel coronavirus. She tested positive for COVID-19 after being reported to health agencies.
Among the 15 imported cases, seven patients are women and eight patients are men, with their ages ranging between 20 and 69 years old. These patients entered Taiwan between March 16 and March 23 and displayed symptoms between March 11 and March 23. The countries these patients had traveled to before the onset of disease include Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.