Taiwan reports imported COVID case from Mexico

Taiwanese businessman infected with coronavirus returns from Mexico on emergency medical evacuation flight

Patients are placed on medical evacuation jet. (Executive Aviation Taiwan Corp. photo)

Patients are placed on medical evacuation jet. (Executive Aviation Taiwan Corp. photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (Jan. 26) confirmed one new imported case of the Wuhan coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Health and Welfare Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced one new imported coronavirus case, raising the total number of cases in Taiwan to 890. The latest infection, case no. 891, is a Taiwanese man in his 40s who had been in Mexico for business.

According to Chen, the man went to Mexico on a business trip in November of last year. On Jan. 3, he began to experience nasal congestion, a sore throat, and a cough.

On Jan. 6, he tested positive for COVID-19 and underwent hospital and hotel quarantine from Jan. 7-23. Due to the need to return to Taiwan for medical treatment, he applied for an international emergency medical evacuation flight and received approval.

When he arrived in Taiwan on Jan. 24, he was immediately transported to a hospital isolation ward. He was tested again for COVID and was confirmed to have the disease on Jan. 26.

Chen pointed out that the man had flown back alone and that none of the crew of the medical evacuation aircraft had entered the country. In addition, the individuals who assisted in the evacuation wore appropriate protective equipment, so no contacts have been listed.

Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 147,090 COVID-19 tests, with 143,940 coming back negative. Out of the 890 officially confirmed cases, 780 were imported, 71 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," two were from a cargo pilot cluster, one is an unresolved case, and one (case no. 530) was removed as a confirmed case.

Up until now, seven individuals have succumbed to the disease, while 797 have been released from hospital isolation, leaving 86 patients still undergoing treatment in Taiwan.

Updated : 2021-03-06 10:47 GMT+08:00