Central Epidemic Command Center lowered risk alert for Australia, which requires shorter quarantine periods by its corporate travelers
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday confirmed three new imported cases of COVID-19, arrivals from Canada, the US and Poland, bringing Taiwan’s total to 958.
A Taiwanese man in his 20s studying in Canada gave a mandatory negative COVID-19 test result and had no symptoms before entering Taiwan on Friday last week and starting quarantine, but on Sunday, his sense of smell changed and he had a cold. , Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳 時 中), who heads the CECC, told a press conference in Taipei.
He sought treatment and was tested for COVID-19 in the hospital, and the results came back positive yesterday, Chen said.
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Health authorities have identified 21 people who had contact with the man, including 17 cabin crew and four passengers on his flight to Taiwan, Chen added.
A Taiwanese woman in her 50s who flew to the US in November last year to visit relatives had a negative COVID-19 test result and entered Taiwan on Friday last week, but her throat was itchy Monday, she said.
He was tested that day and came back positive yesterday, Chen said, adding that one contact had been identified and was quarantined at home.
The third case was a Polish man in his 40s who had a negative COVID-19 test result and entered Taiwan for work on February 18, but his sense of smell changed on Monday, Chen said, adding that he was tested that day and that day. the result came back positive yesterday.
There were no contacts to trace as the man had been quarantined since his arrival, he added.
Of Taiwan’s 958 COVID-19 cases, 842 are classified as imported. Although nine people with COVID-19 have died and 23 remain in hospital, 926 have recovered, CECC data show.
Yesterday, the center shifted the COVID-19 risk assessment for Australia from low to moderate to low risk, allowing short-term business travelers from the country to further shorten their quarantine period.
In Taiwan, business travelers from countries with low to moderate or low risk assessments can apply to shorten their 14-day quarantine, as long as they pay to take the COVID-19 test when they are finished and the results are back. negative.
Those from countries with a low risk of contracting COVID-19 can apply for their quarantine ending on the fifth day of their arrival, while those from countries with low to moderate risk can apply to end quarantine after seven o’clock.
The center assesses that New Zealand, Macau, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Laos, Nauru, Timor Leste, Mauritius, the Marshall Islands, Bhutan and Australia are at low risk.
The center has listed Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia as low to moderate risk.
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