Taiwan reports only 3 new cases of coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Taiwan continues its long war to defeat the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced only three new cases of the disease on Tuesday (April 7), a significant drop from the 10 seen on Monday.

During his daily press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) confirmed three new cases of coronavirus, all of which were imported. The three new cases included one man and two women, all in their 20s.

Their dates of arrival in Taiwan ranged between March 27 and 30, and the date of the onset of symptoms ranged between March 30 and April 4. Their reasons for being overseas were listed as attending school and visiting relatives.

Two of the cases had been undergoing home quarantine for having visited high-risk areas, while the third was observing home isolation for having been exposed to confirmed patients.

The 374th case is a man who had been studying in the UK. He began undergoing home quarantine upon returning to Taiwan on March 29.

On April 4, the man began to develop suspicious symptoms such as diarrhea, a cough, runny nose, and a deteriorating sense of smell. On April 5, he contacted the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to arrange for medical treatment and was diagnosed with the disease on April 7.

Case No. 375 is a woman who visited relatives in France from Feb. 25 to March 27. During this trip, the woman visited the UK, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

Upon returning to Taiwan on March 27, she began her home quarantine. Between March 30 and April 2, she began to develop symptoms such as nasal congestion, sore throat, a decreased sense of smell, wheezing, fever, and diarrhea.

After contacting the CDC on April 3, she received medical treatment and an examination. She tested positive for the virus on April 7 as well.

The 376th case was a woman who attended school in the U.S. from August 2019 to March of this year. On March 30, she was on the same flight to Taiwan as the 370th and 371st cases.

As she had been exposed to two confirmed patients, she underwent home isolation. Between April 2 and 5, the woman developed a cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, and nausea before also being confirmed with the illness on April 7.

After thousands of Taiwanese tourists were spotted swarming the southern resort town of Kenting over the Qingming Festival holiday, Taiwanese doctors warned of an upcoming spike in new cases. Many Taiwanese became worried that the number of new cases would begin to rise again this week, but the latest numbers are a promising sign.

However, given the incubation period of the virus and the fact that many infected patients can be asymptomatic, an increase in infections from the holiday crowds is still possible in the next two weeks.

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