475 contacts of confirmed cases in Taiwan are clear to return to normal lives

According to the statistics collected by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), 56 additional cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) were reported in Taiwan on February 9, 2020. As of writing, a cumulative total of 1,525 cases have been reported, including 18 confirmed cases, 1,363 individuals removed from the follow-up list, and the remaining ones under quarantine for lab tests (preliminary tests were negative in 64 while the others are awaiting tests). 18 confirmed cases are in stable condition. Except case #1, the other cases remain hospitalized in isolation. The total number of contacts of case #1 to case #7 and case #10 is 477. Except that a total of two contacts, identified as the contact of case #1 and case#5 respectively, were confirmed with 2019-nCoV, the other 475 contacts have been clear from health monitoring and removed from the tracing list and have been free to resume normal activities. The total number of the contacts of the other 10 cases is 450. These contacts remain in home isolation. Of 450, 16 developed symptoms and were reported (10 individuals tested negative and were removed from the follow-up list, and 6 are being tested.).

With respect to the Taiwanese businesspeople evacuated from Wuhan, China on February 3, as of writing, one evacuee was confirmed with 2019-nCoV, and five are hospitalized in isolation. CECC will continue to closely monitor the health status of 241 people under quarantine.