Infected sailors visited 90 locations in 10 counties, cities in Taiwan

Public urged to be on alert if they have been to locations where infected sailors visited between April 15 and 18

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Members of the public are being told to be on the alert for symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) if they have been to one of the 90 locations in 10 counties and cities in Taiwan where 24 confirmed cases from the Taiwanese Navy had been in mid-April.

Over the weekend, 24 sailors from the "Fleet of Friendship" were confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus. Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) on Sunday (April 19) said that the government would send a text message that day to warn the public about where the 24 sailors spent over 15 minutes between April 15 and 18, reported CNA. The CECC estimates the sailors traveled to about 90 locations in 10 counties and cities across Taiwan during that period, including Keelung, New Taipei, Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, and Pingtung.

On Saturday (April 18), the CECC announced that three navy trainees had tested positive for COVID-19, forcing 700 fellow crew members to go into quarantine. On Sunday, the CECC reported 21 more navy personnel had contracted the virus.

That same day, the CECC sent text messages to the relatives and friends of the first three sailors. It estimated that between 2,000 to 3,000 persons were contacted.

Chuang said that later that evening, that the CECC would send out a text message notifying the public to beware of the spots where the 24 sailors had spent more than 15 minutes between April 15 and 18. Chuang said that the center would use cell phone signals to track down where the sailors had been and message those who had been at the same locations at the same time.

The text message is a general reminder that people should carefully observe their own symptoms. If a person believes they are developing symptoms of the coronavirus, the CECC urges them to call 1922 or seek medication attention directly.

The following are some of the locations that the sailors visited between April 15 and 18:

Taipei

Carrefour Sushi Express

Taipei Railway Station

Taipei MRT Beitou Station

Taoyuan

Eslite Bookstore

Costco

National Taiwan Sport University

Taichung

Wuri railway station

Clinic in Qingshui District

Cases resided in Qingshui District, Shaolu District, and Longjing District

Yunlin

Yunlin HSR station

Chiayi

Chiayi HSR station

Chien Yen Hot Pot Restaurant on Chuiyang Road

Keelung

Kuo-kuang Motor Transport Keelung Station

Kaohsiung

Café del SOL

Ruifeng Night Market

E-Da Outlet Mall

Carrefour Dingshan

Costco Dashun

Sihwei Badminton Courts

Shin Kong Mitsukoshi

Xiaogang Post Office

Sweet Veggie Restaurant in Sanmin District

Zuoying HSR Station

Pingtung

Ping Tung Sports Center

Fitness Factory

Global Mall

For the full list of locations where the infected sailors visited, please see the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) Google map below: