On January 8, 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 Nigeria (Case #824), Egypt (Case #825), and the United States (Case #826).
Case #824 is a Taiwanese man in his 70s. The man traveled to Nigeria for business and began to experience a fever, breathing difficulties, and weakness on December 24, 2020. He was tested for COVID-19 twice in Nigeria and tested negative. He returned to Taiwan on January 5, 2021. After arrival, he was admitted to an isolation ward and was tested for COVID-19. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 8.
Case #825 is an Egyptian girl under the age of 10. Because her family members worked in Taiwan, the Egyptian girl came to Taiwan with three members of her family on January 5, 2021. The Egyptian girl couldn't undergo COVID-19 testing in Egypt due to her age. Thus, she took a self-paid test upon arrival in Taiwan. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 8.
Case #826 is a Taiwanese woman in her 20s. The Taiwanese woman visited the United States for studies in August 2020. She began to experience a sore throat and runny nose on January 1, 2021. She was given a COVID-19 RT-PCR test in the US on January 2, and she tested negative. The woman returned to Taiwan on January 6. After arrival, she voluntarily notified airport quarantine officers of her symptoms. Her specimen was collected for COVID-19 testing upon arrival. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 8.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 130,891 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 128,673. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 825 cases. Of the 825 confirmed cases, 730 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 714 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 104 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.