On August 18, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced one new confirmed imported case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. The new case is a Taiwanese male in his 60s (Case #486). The case worked in the Philippines for an extended period of time (his most recent date of departure from Taiwan was in January). He returned to Taiwan on August 12.
The male case’s wife experienced a fever on August 2. She sought medical attention and took a COVID-19 test in the Philippines, but she tested negative. The case and his wife returned to Taiwan together. He was asymptomatic when entering Taiwan. After he had his specimen collected at the airport, the case was taken to a group quarantine facility. His test result came back negative. However, the case began to develop a fever on August 14 and August 15. Quarantine facility personnel then arranged his medical care and COVID-19 testing on August 15. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on August 18. The case’s wife underwent COVID-19 testing on August 12, August 13, and August 14, and all her test results came back negative.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 84,965 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 83,864. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 486 cases. Of 486 confirmed cases in Taiwan, 394 are imported; 55 are indigenous; 36 are naval crew members aboard the Panshi fast combat support ship, and 1 case has yet to be determined.