On April 3, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced nine new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan, with seven being imported and the other two being indigenous. A total of 348 cases have been confirmed in Taiwan as of writing. With respect to the two indigenous cases confirmed today, Case #343 is an over 60-year-old female with no recent travel history. However, her husband returned to Taiwan from the United States on March 17. She developed a cough and runny nose on March 20, and sought medical care multiple times between March 24 and March 28. The female patient sought medical attention again on March 31, and was then admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 testing. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on April 3. An investigation into individuals who had contact with the case is underway to identify the source of infection. Case #347 is an over 40-year-old female, and a contact of Case #336 which was announced on April 2. She has no travel history. She came into contact with Case #336 on March 19 and March 27. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on April 3. An investigation into individuals who had contact with the case is underway.
Among seven imported cases, five patients are women, and two patients are men, with their ages ranging between 20 and 69 years old. These patients entered Taiwan between March 14 and April 1, and displayed symptoms between March 19 and March 30. The countries the patients had traveled to before the onset of disease include Austria, Denmark, Thailand, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom and the United States. They went overseas mainly for study or work.