Taiwan reports 8 new coronavirus infections, bringing total to 363

Central Epidemic Command Center says all of Sunday's cases imported

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Health Minister Chen Shih-chung. 

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Sunday (April 5) announced eight more cases of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the country's total to 363.

During a daily press conference Sunday afternoon, Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced four male cases and four female cases of COVID-19. All of the new cases were imported.

The patients, who range in age from their 30s to their 60s, arrived in Taiwan between March 14 and April 2 and began displaying symptoms of the coronavirus between March 18 and 28. They had recently traveled to the following countries before returning to Taiwan: the U.S., the UK, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Morocco.

Chen pointed out that one of the new patients, case No. 356, is the husband of No. 343, a domestic case who tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday (April 3) with the source of the infection unknown. Chen said No. 356 had on March 17 returned to Taiwan from a business trip to the U.S. but has not shown any symptoms since arriving.

Patient No. 357 was a female in her 50s and had visited Morocco with a tour group from March 10 to 22 before developing a fever on March 25. Two previous cases, No. 250 and No. 288, had been members of the same tour group.

No. 359, 360, and 363 had displayed no coronavirus symptoms, but had traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic with another tour group. Nine members of the tour group have been confirmed with the virus as of Sunday.

As for the other three cases, No. 361 had visited her family in the U.S. between March 5 and 23 and had been on the same return flight as No. 240. Patients No. 358 and 362 contracted the disease during their trips to the UK and the U.S., respectively.