A new confirmed case added to Taiwan’s COVID-19 tally

Frenchman’s contact with virus traced back to March 12, when patient 84 stayed at his house

CECC head Chen Shih-chung

CECC head Chen Shih-chung (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced in a statement on Tuesday evening (March 24) that a Frenchman was confirmed to have contracted COVID-19, bringing the tally of confirmed cases in the country to 216.

The CECC said that the man is in his 30s and lives in northern Taiwan. The man came into contact with the 84th COVID-19 patient, developed a fever on March 16, and was confirmed with the virus on March 18.

His contact with the virus was traced back to March 12, when the 84th patient stayed at his home after coming to Taiwan. The command center has traced the French national's contacts to 29 people, and the contact tracing will continue.

The man reportedly suffered from a fever and cough on March 20, when he was self-quarantining at home, the CECC said. He was later hospitalized and tested for COVID-19, which came out positive today. He is now being isolated for treatment in a negative-pressure ward.

As of Tuesday, the 216 confirmed cases in Taiwan include 178 imported and 38 domestic cases.