With respect to an Australian confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) who recently traveled to Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) disclosed that it has traced to a specific traveler, and launched an investigation into the person’s travel itinerary and related contacts after collecting information on the age and transit flight of the Australian case.
The CECC indicated that even though the traveler had cough before entering Taiwan, the traveler didn’t travel to any regions affected by COVID-19. The Australian traveler was asymptomatic upon arriving in Taiwan on February 23; thus, it is determined that the traveler was infected with the novel coronavirus abroad. While the traveler’s stay in Taiwan, the traveler took part in a rehearsal at a concert hall, developed a cough and a runny nose, and went to a clinic on the evening of February 27. He performed in the concert hall on February 28 and March 1, and left Taiwan on March 2.
The CECC has identified related contacts based on the travelers’ itinerary in Taiwan. Related close contacts will be subject to a 14-day period of home isolation while other contacts will be subject to a 14-day period of self-health management. The CECC also stated that as the audience at the musical performance was seated far away from the Australian traveler, the risk of infection is very low for the audience. The public is advised to remain calm.