On January 1, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced three new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. The three new cases arrived in Taiwan from Indonesia and the United States.
Case #801 and Case #802 are two Indonesian fishermen in their 20s. The two fishermen came to Taiwan to work on December 17, 2020. They stayed at group quarantine facilities after entry. They both haven’t developed any symptoms since entry. The two Indonesian men were tested for COVID-19 on December 30 before completing the quarantine period. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the cases on January 1, 2021.
Case #803 is a Taiwanese man in his 20s. The Taiwanese man resided in the United States for an extended period of time and returned to Taiwan on December 26, 2020. The man stayed at home to undergo quarantine after arrival. He experienced a fever on December 29, and the health authority then arranged for him to seek medical care and to take a COVID-19 test. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 1, 2021.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 127,000 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 124,817. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 802 cases. Of the 802 confirmed cases, 707 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 682 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 113 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.