Taiwan announces 5 new coronavirus cases for a total of 39

New cases include first hospital cluster: CECC

A hospital in Taiwan preparing for the coronavirus 

A hospital in Taiwan preparing for the coronavirus  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Five new cases of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed Saturday (Feb. 29), taking the total for Taiwan to 39, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

One of the new patients had visited Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, while the four others amounted to a hospital cluster outbreak as they had been in contact with case No. 34 at a hospital in north Taiwan. The patients No. 35 through No. 38, including three members of the nursing staff and one cleaner, had first started coughing and then sneezing before registering a fever, according to a CNA report.

The 34th case was a 50-year-old woman suffering from diabetes and cardiovascular disease who had first been hospitalized on Feb. 14 for low blood pressure and fatigue. She began to show symptoms of the virus a week later.

The room where she had stayed before the positive test was then closed, while the other patients who had occupied it were moved to separate single-bed rooms, the CECC confirmed Saturday.