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Man with COVID flies back to Taiwan

Negative test result provided by Taiwan businessman proven to be fake

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