On January 24, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced two new confirmed indigenous cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. One of the two new cases is a discharged patient (Case #889), and the other one is his family member (Case #890).
Case #889 is a Taiwanese man in his 60s. He was hospitalized in the hospital for other illnesses from January 8 and January 11. After he was discharged, the man developed a rash between January 16 and January 18 and experienced other symptoms on January 20. He sought medical care for other illnesses on January 23 and was found to have a fever. Thus, he was immediately placed in isolation and be tested for COVID-19. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 24.
Case #890 is a Taiwanese woman in her 60s. The woman stayed with Case #889 at the hospital while he was hospitalized. She experienced a sore throat on January 20 and a fever on January 22. The healthy authority then arranged for her to be tested. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 24.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 144,679 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 142,073. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 889 cases. Of the 889 confirmed cases, 779 are imported; 71 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 787 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 95 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.