On January 19, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced four new confirmed indigenous cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Those four new cases all are the individuals who came into contact with the confirmed cases linked to the cluster infection in the hospital. Among the four new cases, two (Case #864 and Case #865) are family members of and live with Case #863, and one (Case #868) is a contact of the confirmed cases at work, while the other one (Case #869) is a foreign caregiver providing care to hospitalized patients.
Case #864 and Case #865 are an over 50-year-old male and an over 20-year-old female, respectively. As the two individuals both experienced a cough and runny nose, they were identified as the contacts of Case #863. Case #868 is an over 30-year-old female nurse. She worked in the same ward as Case #863. The female nurse experienced a fever, an itchy throat, and a headache on January 18. Case # 869 is a Vietnamese woman in her 40s. The Vietnamese woman provided care for hospitalized patients. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the four cases on January 19.
The CECC's preliminary investigation disclosed the public venues Case #863, Case #864, and Case #865 had visited during the contagious period. Those public venues are listed below:
The venues Case #863 and Case #864 visited:
11:30-12:15 Nanmen Market in Taoyuan
11:40-12:35 Nanmen Market in Taoyuan
The venue Case 865 visited:
Jan. 16-Jan. 18
Time to be confirmed MOS Burger, Taoyuan Metro A7 Store
The CECC reminds members of the public who have visited those locations in the time periods mentioned above that they shall practice self-health management and, if experiencing suspected symptoms before February 1, must put on a medical mask to seek medical care; they must not use public transportation when seeking medical attention. Moreover, members of the public shall voluntarily inform the physician of any history of travel, occupation, contact, and cluster and whether anyone else has similar symptoms; after returning home, they shall wear mask, avoid going out, and keep at least 1 meter away from others while talking to them.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 139,038 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 135,978. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 868 cases. Of the 868 confirmed cases, 764 are imported; 65 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 766 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 95 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.