CHINA Taiwan adds two new COVID-19 cases

CHINA

Taiwan adds two new COVID-19 cases

Xinhua

19:40, March 10, 2020

TAIPEI, March 10 (Xinhua) -- The total number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection cases in Taiwan has increased by two to 47, according to the island's epidemic monitoring agency Tuesday.

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One of the new cases is a man in his 20s living in northern Taiwan, and a relative of the 34th COVID-19 patient, a woman in her 50s, the agency said in a press release. He had lived with the woman and nursed her in the hospital.

Although he had been cleared through two infection tests after his relative was confirmed to contract the virus on Feb. 28, the young man began to develop a cough on March 6, and his infection was confirmed Tuesday, the statement said.

This cluster of infections in the hospital has involved another seven people, including a cleaner, three nurses, the 34th patient's daughter, a woman who took care of her ill relative in the same hospital ward, and another patient in the ward.

A total of 447 people have been identified as contacts, while 386 have been cleared to date, the agency said.

The other new patient, a man in his 30s living in southern Taiwan, was highly suspected of contracting the virus during his trip to the Netherlands from March 2 to 5. He showed symptoms of light fever and cough from Monday, the statement said.

Among the confirmed cases, 17 have recovered with one death while the rest are in stable condition.

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