Woman who returned to Taiwan positive for coronavirus disease

Taiwan on Wednesday confirmed one new imported coronavirus infection, involving a Taiwanese woman living in the U.S. who returned in November 2020 and recently tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), CNA reports.

The woman in her 50s began to suffer from a sore throat October 17 last year. She tested positive in the U.S. last October 21 and was isolated at home, said Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, who also heads the CECC.

She tested negative for twice, on November 14 and 18, respectively, Chen said.

The woman returned to Taiwan on November 27 last year to visit her relatives and went into quarantine immediately after arrival. She was asymptomatic but got a self-paid test February 15 as she wanted to leave Taiwan. Her test results came back positive Wednesday, according to Chen.

Seven of the contacts with whom the woman had are under home quarantine, while five others are under self-health management, Chen added.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 938 infections, 822 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 879 have recovered, nine have died and 50 are in hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Wednesday.

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