The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情中心) on Monday reported 5 new imported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, bringing the total number in Taiwan to 393.
Three women and two men, with ages ranging between 50 to 70, are among the new infected people.
Among the five cases, 4 were passengers on the Coral Princess cruise ship (cases 389 to 392), while case 393 is a family member of case 384.
According to the CECC, cases 389 to 392 had traveled to the U.S., Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Chile on Feb. 15 with 3 other friends and boarded the Coral Princess cruise ship from Peru on March 5.
The cruise ship had planned to dock in Argentina on March 19 but as the country was on lockdown, the ship was later rejected.
The ship was then stuck at sea for some time, before docking at a dock in Miami, Florida on April 4.
By that time, 12 passengers and 10 crew members were reported to have contracted the virus, with 3 deaths.
The CECC said that the cruise had 1,898 passengers in total (1,020 passengers and 878 crew members), and they had received notice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on April 7 that 7 of the passengers were Taiwanese.
The 7 passengers were then put on a flight to the U.K. before heading home on a Taiwanese carrier.
As a precaution, the seven passengers were immediately tested upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they showed symptoms, and wore face masks for the duration of the flight.
The seven travelers entered Taiwan on April 11, among which 5 reported experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, and 4 were tested and hospitalized in isolation rooms.
Three of the travelers had negative results and are still going through with a second precautionary test.
Case 393 was the lone case reported today that was not on board the cruise ship. A woman in her sixties, she had been living in the U.S. when she began coughing on March 29.
She reported suffering from diarrhea on April 1, and was tested upon arrival in Taiwan on April 11, for the above symptoms.
Her infection was confirmed today.
Her family (case 384) had returned to Taiwan on April 10, and the infection was confirmed a day later.
Both had been in contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases while in the U.S.
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