On March 24, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 20 new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. A total of 215 cases have been confirmed in Taiwan as of now. Among the 20 imported cases (Cases #196-215), 13 patients are women and seven are men, with their ages ranging between 5 and 69 years old. These patients entered Taiwan between March 13 and March 22 and displayed symptoms between March 9 and March 23. The countries these patients had traveled to before the onset of disease include Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Thailand, Turkey, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Cases #197 and #202 are a couple who traveled to the United States to visit relatives from March 8 to March 18. The couple developed symptoms on March 19. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the cases on March 24. Related contacts are currently in home isolation. Case #213 visited Spain for study. When returning to Taiwan on March 13, Case #213 was on the same flight as the confirmed cases in the cluster involving a travel group to Egypt. As a result, the patient was identified as a related contact, and asked to self-isolate at home. The patient had symptoms on March 15, and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24. All related contacts are currently in home isolation.
With respect to the remaining 17 imported cases, most of the patients went overseas for study or work, while several of them went abroad for travel or visiting relatives.