CHINA COVID-19 cases in Taiwan soar by 27

CHINA

COVID-19 cases in Taiwan soar by 27

Xinhua

23:52, March 20, 2020

TAIPEI, March 20 (Xinhua) - The total number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Taiwan has increased by 27 to 135, the biggest growth since the first confirmed case on Jan. 21, according to the island's epidemic monitoring agency Friday.

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Motorcyclists wearing face masks to prevent the COVID-19 coronavirus, ride during the peak hours while heading to work in Taipei on March 18, 2020.(Photo: AFP)

Among the new patients, 24 people were believed to have contracted the virus during their trips overseas, and the other three patients were infected locally, the agency said in a press release.

One of the three local cases, a teenage girl, was believed to be infected by her high school classmate, a previously confirmed patient, while the infection sources of the other two patients are under investigation, the statement said.

One of the confirmed patients, a man in his 80s, died of the COVID-19 and septicemia Friday, the agency said, adding that the patient used to have chronic diseases including diabetes, hypertension and chronic renal failure.

Among the island's confirmed COVID-19 cases, 102 were imported. Twenty-eight of the confirmed patients have recovered, and two died of the disease. The rest are in stable condition.

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