The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced the eighth cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in Taiwan. The case is a Taiwanese male in his 50s who resides in middle part of Taiwan, is a family member of and lives together with confirmed imported case #5. The eighth case developed cough and was hospitalized on January 26. On January 28, infection with the novel virus was confirmed in the case after testing. The case was determined as household transmission. The case is currently in a stable condition. The hospital and local health agencies have proceeded with prevention measures, including the investigation of the case and contact tracing, according to relevant procedures. In order to thoroughly implement home isolation and home quarantine, smart technologies will be utilized to provide assistance in prevention efforts.
According to the statistics collected by CECC, 52 additional cases of 2019-nCoV infection were reported in Taiwan as of 4 pm on January 28, 2020. As of writing, a cumulative total of 578 cases of 2019-nCoV infection have been reported. Test results showed that infection with 2019-nCoV was confirmed in eight cases; 321 individuals were removed from the follow-up list; preliminary tests were negative in 75; the remaining ones are to be tested. Additionally, 9 cases which had been reported for unexplained pneumonia have been removed from the followed-up list.