Student’s infection triggers first class cancellation in Taiwan

By Vivian Hsiao, The China Post
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<p>Chief Commander Chen Shih-chung (left) speaks with other health authorities at a press conference on March 15, 2020. (CNA)</p>

Chief Commander Chen Shih-chung (left) speaks with other health authorities at a press conference on March 15, 2020. (CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情中心) on Sunday confirmed six additional COVID-19 infections with all likely imported case from areas including Thailand, Japan, Egypt, Turkey, Dubai, Spain and Greece.

Case 59, a local high school student, was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, forcing officials to cancel classes for the next 14 days for his classmates and a throughout disinfection of the school.

The CECC is currently attempting to track down all contacts involved with case 59 but admitted that there are difficulties considering the time when he returned from abroad and the apparition of the first symptoms.

According to the CECC Chief Commander, Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), case 59 returned from a one-month trip to Greece on March 5 and began experiencing symptoms including a sore throat, coughs, a runny nose and a headache between March 12 and March 13.

Health authorities are taking measures to better understand the seating arrangements in Case 59’s class and are monitoring all faculty members who may have been in close contact with the student, Chen added.

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