CECC confirms total of 306 coronavirus cases

31 March, 2020

Courtesy of ICRT


Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has confirmed eight new coronavirus infections and another two deaths, which brings the total number of confirmed cases here in Taiwan to 306 and the total death toll to five.


Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says the two latest fatalities were a woman in her 50s, and a man in his 60s with a history of recent travel to Spain.


The woman suffered from diabetes and cardiovascular disease and was one of the nine patients in a cluster infection at a hospital in northern Taiwan, where nurses, a janitor and other patients have contracted the disease.


While the man who died tested positive for the coronavirus on 23 March after he returned to Taiwan from Spain with a tour group.

Of the eight new coronavirus cases, seven are imported and the patients are deemed to have contracted the virus in the U-K, the United States, the Philippines and Egypt.


While the sole locally transmitted case is a 5-year-old boy whose father was confirmed earlier to have the disease.


The child's kindergarten class has now been suspended for 14 days.


In related news, the CECC reported yesterday that most of the Taiwan citizens who flew back to the island from Hubei have tested negative for coronavirus infection.


The CECC says of the 153 people who arrived back in Taiwan late Sunday, 150 have been confirmed to be not infected.


The remaining three will be retested, due to technical issues with their samples.


Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says all 153 are currently staying in government-run quarantine centres.

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