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Man with COVID flies back to Taiwan

Negative test result provided by Taiwan businessman proven to be fake

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Epidemic prevention workers at Taoyuan International Airport

Epidemic prevention workers at Taoyuan International Airport (CNA photo)

Update: 05/04 14:10 p.m.

A second COVID-19 test for the Taiwanese businessman returning from Thailand has come back positive, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Tuesday. He was found to have a Ct value of 25 and was listed as case No. 1149.

CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the man had provided a counterfeit negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding his flight and that he will face legal action as a result.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese businessman flew back to Taiwan a day after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Thailand, though he presented proof of a negative COVID-19 test result issued within three days prior to his departure.

According to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Thailand, local health authorities were unable to reach a Taiwanese man, surnamed Shen (沈), after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday (May 1). Investigators later found that he had departed on EVA Air Flight BR-212 to Taiwan on Sunday.

After arriving in the country, Shen informed airport personnel about his symptoms and was sent to a hospital for treatment. He also underwent a COVID-19 test, with the result expected to come out on Tuesday.

TECO urged all passengers on the same flight as Shen to self-isolate for 14 days and arrange for COVID-19 testing to prevent community spread. It also promised to publicly release a list of places he visited while in Thailand.

Meanwhile, the Central Epidemic Command Center said it will investigate the validity of the negative COVID-19 test result provided by Shen and that more details will be announced during the epidemic briefing Tuesday (May 4) afternoon. If the document is proven counterfeit, Shen will receive a maximum fine of NT$150,000 (US$5,369) and face possible criminal charges.


Updated : 2021-05-14 13:30 GMT+08:00