Taiwan Coronavirus News

Monday 3/30/2020

Coronavirus Cases in Taiwan

Has Taiwan Closed Its Borders?

Yes. As of 3/19/2020 non-residents will not be allowed to enter Taiwan.

No end date for the policy was announced.

Exceptions will be granted to those with residence permits, diplomats and anyone arriving to carry out commercial contracts.

The announcement was made in the wake of Tuesday 3/17's ten case increase and just before Wednesday 3/18's announcement of twenty-three additional cases.  Both day's increases having been traced to overseas travel.

Policy Updated: Visa Extensions Permitted

A policy of ending visa extensions was implemented in tandem with the border closing announcement.  This caused extensive hardship for non-citizens arcoss Taiwan.

In response, the Bureau Of Consular Affairs on Saturday 3/21 anounced a change: an automatic 30-day Visa extension for for those who have arrived on or before March 21 on a visitor vis, visa waiver, visitor visa, or landing visa (no application is required).

Has Taiwan Recommended Indoor Gatherings Be Restricted to 100 People & Outdoor to 500?

Yes.  As of 3/25 per the advice of the Taiwan CECC: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/ShUbXkJuFTOs3DCianO-YQ?typeid=158

Taiwan's confirmed cases of coronavirus:

306

How does the case number compare with other locations?

143,055 US; 97,689 Italy; 85,195 Spain; 82,198 China; 62,435 Germany; 41,495 Iran; 40,747 France; 19,788 United Kingdom; 15,475 Switzerland; 11,899 Belgium; 11,814 Netherlands; 9,661 Korea, South; 9,217 Turkey; 9,200 Austria; 6,408 Portugal; 6,320 Canada; 4,393 Norway; 4,347 Israel; 4,316 Brazil; 4,203 Australia; 4,028 Sweden; 2,866 Czechia; 2,733 Denmark; 2,626 Malaysia; 2,615 Ireland; 2,139 Chile; 1,952 Romania; 1,950 Luxembourg; 1,924 Ecuador; 1,905 Poland; 1,866 Japan; 1,836 Russia; 1,625 Pakistan; 1,546 Philippines; 1,524 Thailand; 1,414 Indonesia; 1,352 Finland; 1,299 Saudi Arabia; 1,280 South Africa; 1,156 Greece; 1,071 India; 1,020 Iceland; 993 Mexico; 989 Panama; 879 Singapore; 859 Dominican Republic; 852 Peru; 820 Argentina; 790 Croatia; 756 Slovenia; 741 Serbia; 715 Estonia; 712 Diamond Princess; 702 Colombia; 634 Qatar; 609 Egypt; 589 New Zealand; 570 United Arab Emirates; 547 Iraq; 516 Morocco; 515 Bahrain; 511 Algeria; 484 Lithuania; 482 Armenia; 480 Ukraine; 447 Hungary; 446 Lebanon; 376 Latvia; 354 Bosnia and Herzegovina; 354 Bulgaria; 336 Slovakia; 334 Andorra; 314 Costa Rica; 312 Tunisia; 306 Taiwan; 304 Uruguay; 294 Kazakhstan

(Johns Hopkins CSSU)

Is Taiwan's case count more or less than yesterday?

An increase of 8 cases and two additional deaths.

Total deaths from Coronavirus so far is 5.

Has Taiwan Set Up an English Website for Ordering Surgical Masks?

Yes.  You'll need a to be in the NHI and have a card reader to use it.  The website is here: https://www.nhi.gov.tw/english/Content_List.aspx?n=022B9D97EF66C076

About the Fatalitites & Latest Cases

The patients who dies were described in today's CDC news conference as man in his 60s who had recently traveled to Spain & woman in her 50s with diabetes. 

The 15 new confirmed cases were described in a today's press release as seven being imported and the other one being indigenous. A total of 306 cases have been confirmed in Taiwan as of writing. With respect to the only indigenous case confirmed today, Case #299 is a boy under 10 years old and a member of Case #269’s family who lives with Case #269 (indigenous case). The boy developed a fever on March 26 and was tested for COVID-19 on March 27 after being identified as a contact by health agencies. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 30. It is a case linked to the cluster in the family. As of now, Case #299 currently shows no symptoms; a total of 24 individuals who had contact with the cases in the cluster have been identified.

Among seven imported cases, three patients are women and four patients are men, with their ages ranging between 20 and 79 years old. These patients entered Taiwan between March 2 and March 22 and displayed symptoms between March 6 and March 26. The countries these patients had traveled to before the onset of disease include Egypt, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States. Five of the cases are linked to clusters.

 

 

Sunday 3/29/2020

An increase of 15. 

According to the Taiwan CDC, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 15 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan, with 14 being imported and the other one being indigenous. A total of 298 cases have been confirmed in Taiwan as of writing. With respect to imported cases, Case #284 worked in the Philippines, and was on the same flight back (EVA Air BR-282) as Case #277 when returning to Taiwan on March 20. The patient notified health agencies and sought medical attention for feeling unwell on March 26 during home quarantine period. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 29. The contacts living with the patient are in home isolation. The CECC reminded members of the public who were on the same flight as Case #284 to pay attention to their own health status when undergoing home quarantine and notify health agencies to arrange their medical care if they develop suspected symptoms.

Cases# 289 and 293 are a couple; Case #293 traveled with a tour group to Spain and Portugal from March 7 and March 16, and was in home quarantine after returning to Taiwan. The couple developed symptoms on March 22 and March 23, respectively. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the cases on March 29. As Case #289 has no recent history of travel abroad, it is determined that the case was infected locally through close contact with Case #293 without taking proper preventive measures. The members of the couple’s family are awaiting test results.

125,433 US; 97,689 Italy; 82,122 China; 78,799 Spain; 58,247 Germany; 38,309 Iran; 38,105 France; 19,763 United Kingdom; 14,829 Switzerland; 10,926 Netherlands; 10,836 Belgium; 9,583 Korea, South; 8,648 Austria; 7,402 Turkey; 5,962 Portugal; 5,878 Canada; 4,239 Norway; 3,980 Australia; 3,904 Brazil; 3,865 Israel; 3,700 Sweden; 2,716 Czechia; 2,564 Denmark; 2,470 Malaysia; 2,415 Ireland; 2,139 Chile; 1,950 Luxembourg; 1,823 Ecuador; 1,771 Poland; 1,760 Romania; 1,693 Japan; 1,534 Russia; 1,526 Pakistan; 1,418 Philippines; 1,388 Thailand; 1,299 Saudi Arabia; 1,285 Indonesia; 1,240 Finland; 1,187 South Africa; 1,156 Greece; 1,024 India; 1,020 Iceland; 901 Panama; 859 Dominican Republic; 848 Mexico; 844 Singapore; 745 Argentina; 730 Slovenia; 713 Croatia; 712 Diamond Princess; 679 Estonia; 671 Peru; 659 Serbia; 608 Colombia; 590 Qatar; 576 Egypt; 547 Iraq; 514 New Zealand; 499 Bahrain; 468 United Arab Emirates; 454 Algeria; 450 Morocco; 438 Lebanon; 437 Lithuania; 424 Armenia; 418 Ukraine; 408 Hungary; 347 Latvia; 346 Bulgaria; 334 Andorra; 323 Bosnia and Herzegovina; 314 Slovakia; 304 Uruguay; 298 Taiwan; 295 Costa Rica; 278 Tunisia

 

Saturday 3/28/2020

 An increase of 16.

According to the Taiwan CDC, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 16 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan, with 14 being imported and the other two being indigenous. A total of 283 cases have been confirmed in Taiwan as of writing. Among 14 imported cases, nine patients are women and five patients are men, with their ages ranging between 10 and 69 years old. These patients entered Taiwan between March 6 and March 26 and displayed symptoms between March 1 and March 25. The countries these patients had traveled to before the onset of disease include Australia, Canada, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States. The patients went overseas mainly for work or study.

Case #268 began to have symptoms on February 28 and sought medical care many times. The patient was hospitalized on March 20 and discharged on March 23 after symptoms improved. The patient sought medical attention again on March 25 for having a fever and shortness of breath, and then was tested for COVID-19 and reported to health agencies. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 28. A total of 102 individuals who had contact with the case have been preliminarily identified, and an investigation into the source of infection will be conducted. Case #269 sought medical attention for having muscle pain, diarrhea and a fever between March 23 and March 24. The patient was tested for COVID-19 and reported to health agencies on March 25. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 28. A total of seven contacts have been identified so far, and an investigation will be launched to identify the persons who had contact with the patient when the patient sought medical care. Additionally, the CECC continues to investigate the source of infection

116,505 US; 92,472 Italy; 81,999 China; 72,248 Spain; 56,202 Germany; 38,105 France; 35,408 Iran; 17,312 United Kingdom; 14,076 Switzerland; 9,819 Netherlands; 9,478 Korea, South; 9,134 Belgium; 8,188 Austria; 7,402 Turkey; 5,448 Canada; 5,170 Portugal; 3,981 Norway; 3,640 Australia; 3,619 Israel; 3,477 Brazil; 3,447 Sweden; 2,541 Czechia; 2,415 Ireland; 2,366 Denmark; 2,320 Malaysia; 1,909 Chile; 1,831 Luxembourg; 1,823 Ecuador; 1,638 Poland; 1,499 Japan; 1,495 Pakistan; 1,452 Romania; 1,264 Russia; 1,245 Thailand; 1,203 Saudi Arabia; 1,187 South Africa; 1,167 Finland; 1,155 Indonesia; 1,075 Philippines; 1,061 Greece; 963 Iceland; 933 India; 802 Singapore; 786 Panama; 719 Dominican Republic; 717 Mexico; 712 Diamond Princess; 690 Argentina; 684 Slovenia; 671 Peru; 659 Serbia; 657 Croatia; 645 Estonia; 608 Colombia; 590 Qatar; 576 Egypt; 506 Iraq; 476 Bahrain; 468 United Arab Emirates; 454 Algeria; 451 New Zealand; 412 Lebanon; 407 Armenia; 394 Lithuania; 359 Morocco; 343 Hungary; 331 Bulgaria; 311 Ukraine; 308 Andorra; 305 Latvia; 292 Slovakia; 283 Taiwan; 274 Uruguay; 263 Costa Rica

  

Friday 3/27/2020

An increase of 15.

According to the Taiwan CDC the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 15 new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Among the 15 imported cases (Cases #253-267), six patients are women and nine patients are men, with their ages ranging between 10 and 69 years old. These patients entered Taiwan between March 15 and March 25 and displayed symptoms between March 8 and March 25. Most of these patients had traveled to the United Kingdom (seven patients) and the United States (six patients) before the onset of disease. The patients went overseas mainly for work (eight patients) or study (five patients).

Case #254 went to the United States for study in August of 2019, and visited a friend who also studied abroad in the United States (Case #218, displaying symptoms on March 17) from March 5 to March 19. Case #254 developed symptoms on March 20. When returning to Taiwan on March 24, the specimen of the patient was collected at the airport. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 27. Cases #257 and #258 studied in the same department of an education institution in the United Kingdom. Case #257 developed symptoms on March 10. When returning to Taiwan on March 24, the specimen of the patient was collected at the airport. Case #258 was in home quarantine after entering Taiwan on March 22. After Case #258 developed symptoms on March 23, health agencies arranged medical care for the patient who was then tested for COVID-19. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 27.

Cases #264 and #267 are a couple who traveled to the United Kingdom for work from March 8 and March 25. They had symptoms between March 20 and March 23. When returning to Taiwan on March 25, the specimens of the two patients were collected at the airport. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the cases on March 27.

86,012 US; 81,897 China; 80,589 Italy; 64,059 Spain; 49,344 Germany; 32,332 Iran; 29,591 France; 14,751 United Kingdom; 12,311 Switzerland; 9,332 Korea, South; 8,641 Netherlands; 7,441 Austria; 7,284 Belgium; 4,268 Portugal; 4,046 Canada; 3,694 Norway; 3,629 Turkey; 3,143 Australia; 3,046 Sweden; 3,035 Israel; 3,027 Brazil; 2,163 Denmark; 2,161 Malaysia; 2,062 Czechia; 1,819 Ireland; 1,610 Chile; 1,453 Luxembourg; 1,403 Ecuador; 1,387 Japan; 1,296 Pakistan; 1,292 Romania; 1,289 Poland; 1,136 Thailand; 1,104 Saudi Arabia; 1,046 Indonesia; 1,041 Finland; 1,036 Russia; 927 South Africa; 892 Greece; 890 Iceland; 863 India; 803 Philippines; 732 Singapore; 712 Diamond Princess; 674 Panama; 632 Slovenia; 589 Argentina; 585 Mexico; 581 Dominican Republic; 580 Peru; 575 Estonia; 551 Croatia; 549 Qatar; 495 Egypt; 491 Colombia; 466 Bahrain; 458 Iraq; 457 Serbia; 391 Lebanon; 368 New Zealand; 367 Algeria; 345 Lithuania; 333 United Arab Emirates; 329 Armenia; 300 Hungary; 280 Latvia; 276 Bulgaria; 275 Morocco; 269 Slovakia; 267 Andorra; 267 Taiwan; 238 Uruguay; 231 Bosnia and Herzegovina; 

 

Thursday 3/26/2020

An increase of 17

According to the Taiwan CDC the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 17 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan, with 15 being imported and the other two being indigenous. A total of 252 cases have been confirmed in Taiwan as of writing. With respect to indigenous cases confirmed today, the two patients were identified as contacts of confirmed imported cases. Case #246 is an over-60-year-old male and a member of Case #209’s family. He lives with Case #209 (infected in the United States), but didn’t develop suspected symptoms. After being identified as a contact, he was tested for COVID-19 and diagnosed with COVID-19. Case #247 is an over-40-year-old female and a member of Case #228’s family. She lives with Case #228 (infected in the Netherlands). Case #247 developed symptoms on March 23, sought medical attention and was tested for the novel coronavirus. She tested positive for COVID-19 after being reported to health agencies.

Among the 15 imported cases, seven patients are women and eight patients are men, with their ages ranging between 20 and 69 years old. These patients entered Taiwan between March 16 and March 23 and displayed symptoms between March 11 and March 23. The countries these patients had traveled to before the onset of disease include Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

81,782 China; 74,386 Italy; 69,197 US; 56,188 Spain; 39,502 Germany; 29,406 Iran; 25,604 France; 11,125 Switzerland; 9,642 United Kingdom; 9,241 Korea, South; 6,440 Netherlands; 6,235 Belgium; 6,001 Austria; 3,404 Canada; 3,191 Norway; 2,995 Portugal; 2,810 Australia; 2,563 Brazil; 2,554 Sweden; 2,495 Israel; 2,433 Turkey; 2,031 Malaysia; 1,997 Denmark; 1,775 Czechia; 1,564 Ireland; 1,333 Luxembourg; 1,307 Japan; 1,211 Ecuador; 1,142 Chile; 1,106 Pakistan; 1,085 Poland; 1,045 Thailand; 1,029 Romania; 915 Finland; 900 Saudi Arabia; 893 Indonesia; 840 Russia; 821 Greece; 737 Iceland; 712 Diamond Princess; 709 South Africa; 707 Philippines; 694 India; 631 Singapore; 558 Panama; 538 Estonia; 537 Qatar; 528 Slovenia; 502 Argentina; 481 Croatia; 480 Peru; 475 Mexico; 470 Colombia; 456 Egypt; 419 Bahrain; 392 Dominican Republic; 384 Serbia; 368 Lebanon; 346 Iraq; 333 United Arab Emirates; 302 Algeria; 290 Armenia; 290 Lithuania; 283 New Zealand; 261 Hungary; 252 Taiwan; 244 Latvia; 243 Bulgaria

 

Wednesday 3/25/2020

An increase of 19

According to the Taiwan CDC, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 19 new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Among the 19 imported cases (Cases #217-235), 12 patients are women and seven are men, with their ages ranging between 10 and 69 years old. These patients entered Taiwan between March 12 and March 22 and displayed symptoms between March 15 and March 23. The countries these patients had traveled to before the onset of disease include Belgium, Egypt, France, Thailand, Turkey, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

With respect to Cases #222-225, the four patients studied abroad at the same education institution in the United Kingdom as Case #152. They were detected at the airport and reported to health agencies when entering Taiwan on March 22. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the cases on March 25. Related investigations suggest that it is a cluster infections on campus. Case #226 is a member of a travel group to Egypt. During the home isolation period, the patient had a dry throat on March 21, and health officials arranged medical care for the patient who was then tested for COVID-19. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 25. A total of ten individuals in the cluster involving the tour group have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (nine group members, one contact).

Case #233 visited the United Kingdom for study in December of 2019. The patient didn’t show any symptoms when arriving in Taiwan, and returned home for home quarantine. The patient developed symptoms on March 23. Health officials arranged medical care for the patient who was then tested for COVID-19. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 25. The remaining 13 cases are not linked to other confirmed cases.

 

Tuesday 3/24/2020

An increase of 20.

According to the Taiwan CDC, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 20 new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. A total of 215 cases have been confirmed in Taiwan as of now. Among the 20 imported cases (Cases #196-215), 13 patients are women and seven are men, with their ages ranging between 5 and 69 years old. These patients entered Taiwan between March 13 and March 22 and displayed symptoms between March 9 and March 23. The countries these patients had traveled to before the onset of disease include Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Thailand, Turkey, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Cases #197 and #202 are a couple who traveled to the United States to visit relatives from March 8 to March 18. The couple developed symptoms on March 19. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the cases on March 24. Related contacts are currently in home isolation. Case #213 visited Spain for study. When returning to Taiwan on March 13, Case #213 was on the same flight as the confirmed cases in the cluster involving a travel group to Egypt. As a result, the patient was identified as a related contact, and asked to self-isolate at home. The patient had symptoms on March 15, and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24. All related contacts are currently in home isolation. 

With respect to the remaining 17 imported cases, most of the patients went overseas for study or work, while several of them went abroad for travel or visiting relatives.

81,588 China; 63,927 Italy; 46,485 US; 39,673 Spain; 31,260 Germany; 24,811 Iran; 20,149 France; 9,117 Switzerland; 9,037 Korea, South; 6,733 United Kingdom; 5,578 Netherlands; 4,876 Austria; 4,269 Belgium; 2,715 Norway; 2,362 Portugal; 2,272 Sweden; 2,088 Canada; 2,044 Australia; 1,965 Brazil; 1,703 Denmark; 1,656 Israel; 1,624 Malaysia; 1,529 Turkey; 1,289 Czechia; 1,140 Japan; 1,125 Ireland; 981 Ecuador; 922 Chile; 918 Pakistan; 875 Luxembourg; 827 Thailand; 799 Poland; 792 Finland; 767 Saudi Arabia; 762 Romania; 712 Cruise Ship; 695 Greece; 686 Indonesia; 648 Iceland; 558 Singapore; 554 South Africa; 552 Philippines; 519 India; 501 Qatar; 495 Russia; 480 Slovenia; 395 Peru; 390 Bahrain; 369 Estonia; 367 Mexico; 366 Egypt; 361 Croatia; 345 Panama; 316 Iraq; 306 Colombia; 304 Lebanon; 301 Argentina; 249 Serbia; 245 Dominican Republic; 235 Armenia; 230 Algeria; 215 Taiwan; 204 Slovakia; 202 Bulgaria

 

Monday 3/23/2020

An increase of 26.

According to the Taiwan CDC, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 26 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan, with 25 being imported and the other 1 being indigenous. Among the 25 imported cases, 13 patients are women and 12 are men, with their ages ranging between under 5 and 79 years old. These patients entered Taiwan between March 15 and March 21 and displayed symptoms between February 22 and March 21. The countries these patients had traveled to before the onset of disease include France, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. With respect to the imported cases, most of the patients went overseas for travel or work, and five clusters of cases were identified.

With respect to the only indigenous case confirmed today, the patient is an over-30-year-old female (Case #186). The female patient lives with Case #168, and is a contact of Case #168 which has been linked to a cluster in a research institution. She developed symptoms on March 17. As Case #124 was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 20 and Case #168 also developed symptoms, Case #186 sought medical attention on her own and was tested for coronavirus on March 20. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 23. The patients is the fifth person in the cluster involving the research institution to be diagnosed with COVID-19

81,496 China; 59,138 Italy; 35,225 US; 33,089 Spain; 26,220 Germany; 23,049 Iran; 16,720 France; 8,961 Korea, South; 8,234 Switzerland; 5,748 United Kingdom; 4,217 Netherlands; 3,806 Austria; 3,743 Belgium; 2,415 Norway; 2,060 Portugal; 1,934 Sweden; 1,682 Australia; 1,619 Brazil; 1,572 Denmark; 1,518 Malaysia; 1,469 Canada; 1,238 Israel; 1,236 Turkey; 1,165 Czechia; 1,101 Japan; 906 Ireland; 804 Pakistan; 798 Luxembourg; 789 Ecuador; 721 Thailand; 712 Cruise Ship; 686 Finland; 684 Poland; 632 Chile; 624 Greece; 579 Indonesia; 576 Romania; 568 Iceland; 511 Saudi Arabia; 509 Singapore; 494 Qatar; 462 Philippines; 438 Russia; 425 India; 414 Slovenia; 402 South Africa; 363 Peru; 352 Estonia; 339 Bahrain; 327 Egypt; 316 Mexico; 313 Panama; 306 Croatia; 267 Lebanon; 266 Argentina; 266 Iraq; 235 Colombia; 222 Serbia; 202 Dominican Republic; 201 Algeria; 195 Taiwan; 194 Armenia; 190 Bulgaria

 

Sunday 3/22/2020

An increase of 16.

Has Taiwan implemented general Coronavirus screening?

No, though many citizens say the policy should be adopted in Taiwan, according to reports from Taiwan's Central News Agency are resisting the measure expressing confidence that the diseas is under control.

The rationale offered by heath authorities for the resisitance is a fear of false positives, an explanation that left many unsatisfied.

About the Latest Cases

According to the Taiwan CDC, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 16 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan, with 13 being imported and the other 3 being indigenous. Cases #154-169 are between 10 and 79 years old. These patients entered Taiwan between March 10 and March 20 and displayed symptoms between March 7 and March 20. The countries these patients had traveled to before the onset of disease include Denmark, France, Egypt, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Case #156 is one of the three indigenous cases confirmed today. Case #156 sought medical attention on March 16 and was tested for COVID-19 on March 20. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 22. Cases #161 and 162 were members of the same tour group to Egypt as Case #71. The two patients were identified as contacts related to the tour group. The patients developed symptoms, and sent to the hospital for COVID- testing on March 20 when they were in home isolation. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the cases on March 22. As of now, nine individuals in the cluster involving the travel group have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (eight group members, one contact).

Cases #160, #168 and #169 are contacts of Case #124. Case #160 traveled to the United States for work from March 1 to March 10. The patient went to a clinic for having a headache on March 14 after returning to Taiwan. The patient was listed as a contact of Case #124 on March 20, and was then tested for coronavirus. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 22.

With respect to the remaining 10 imported cases, most of the patients went overseas for study or work, while several of them went abroad for travel or visiting relatives.

81,397 China; 53,578 Italy; 28,603 Spain; 27,004 US; 23,974 Germany; 21,638 Iran; 14,485 France; 8,897 Korea, South; 7,014 Switzerland; 5,071 United Kingdom; 4,216 Netherlands; 3,401 Belgium; 3,244 Austria; 2,251 Norway; 1,931 Sweden; 1,600 Portugal; 1,512 Denmark; 1,328 Canada; 1,314 Australia; 1,306 Malaysia; 1,209 Brazil; 1,086 Japan; 1,047 Czechia; 947 Turkey; 945 Israel; 798 Luxembourg; 785 Ireland; 730 Pakistan; 712 Cruise Ship; 632 Chile; 626 Finland; 599 Thailand; 568 Iceland; 563 Poland; 532 Ecuador; 530 Greece; 514 Indonesia; 511 Saudi Arabia; 481 Qatar; 455 Singapore; 433 Romania; 414 Slovenia; 380 Philippines; 376 India; 367 Russia; 332 Bahrain; 326 Estonia; 318 Peru; 294 Egypt; 251 Mexico; 248 Lebanon; 245 Panama; 240 South Africa; 235 Croatia; 225 Argentina; 214 Iraq; 210 Colombia; 190 Armenia; 188 Kuwait; 188 Serbia; 178 Slovakia; 171 Bulgaria; 169 Taiwan; 160 San Marino; 153 United Arab Emirates 

 

Saturday 3/21/2020

An increase of 18

According to the Taiwan CDC  the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 18 new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Cases #136-153 are between 20 and 79 years old. The patients entered Taiwan between March 8 and March 19 and displayed symptoms between March 6 and March 19. The countries these patients had traveled to include France, Egypt, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Turkey, the Czech Republic and South Africa. Case #140 was a member of the same tour group to Egypt as Case #71, and identified as a contact related to the tour group. Case #140 developed symptoms on March 18 when the patient was in home isolation. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 21. As of now, seven individuals in the cluster involving the travel group have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (six group members, one contact).

Cases #143 and #144 are a couple who reside in the Czech Republic. The couple are relatives of Case #77(imported case). They were sent to the hospital for related testing when arriving in Taiwan on March 19. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the cases on March 21. Case #148 traveled to the United States for study from January 24 to March 15. Case #148 was on the same flight back to Taiwan as Case #85, and identified as a contact of Case #85. Case #148 developed symptoms on March 18. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 21. Case #150 is a member of Case #133’s family. The patient traveled to the United Kingdom for study from January 14 to March 14, and returned to Taiwan with Case #133 on March 14. Case #150 had symptoms on March 19. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 21. With respect to the remaining 13 imported cases, the patients are not linked to other confirmed cases and went overseas mainly for study or travel, with work being part of reason.

81,304 China; 47,021 Italy; 25,374 Spain; 21,652 Germany; 20,610 Iran; 19,931 US; 12,483 France; 8,799 Korea, South; 6,113 Switzerland; 4,014 United Kingdom; 3,640 Netherlands; 2,815 Belgium; 2,814 Austria; 2,030 Norway; 1,763 Sweden; 1,420 Denmark; 1,280 Portugal; 1,183 Malaysia; 1,085 Canada; 1,071 Australia; 1,007 Japan; 977 Brazil; 925 Czechia; 883 Israel; 712 Cruise Ship; 683 Ireland; 670 Turkey; 670 Luxembourg; 666 Pakistan; 537 Chile; 521 Finland; 495 Greece; 473 Iceland; 470 Qatar; 452 Poland; 450 Indonesia; 432 Singapore; 426 Ecuador; 411 Thailand; 392 Saudi Arabia; 383 Slovenia; 367 Romania; 307 Philippines; 306 Russia; 306 Estonia; 298 Bahrain; 294 India; 285 Egypt; 263 Peru; 240 South Africa; 208 Iraq; 203 Mexico; 200 Panama; 187 Lebanon; 176 Kuwait; 168 Croatia; 160 Armenia; 158 Argentina; 158 Colombia; 153 Taiwan; 149 Serbia; 144 San Marino

 

Friday 3/20/2020

An increase of 27.

Also, Taiwan's second fatality related to coronavirus was reported, the patient a man in his 80's with underlying chronic health conditions including diabtes and renal failure.

According to the Taiwan CDC the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 27 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with 24 being imported and the other 3 being indigenous. A total of 135 cases have been confirmed in Taiwan as of writing. With respect to new imported cases, the patients are between 10 and 89 years old. They arrived in Taiwan between March 6 and March 18 and displayed symptoms between March 5 and March 18. The countries these patients had traveled to include the United States, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Egypt, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Singapore, Austria, the Netherlands, the Philippines and Turkey. Eight of the patients have travel history to multiple countries.

Cases #124, #130 and #134 are classified as indigenous cases. Case #124 is a man in his 30s without recent travel history. He developed symptoms on March 17, and was reported to health agencies after seeking medical attention by himself on March 18. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 20. Case #130 is a classmate of Case #59 and tested positive for COVID-19 today. Case #130 is the third person from Case #59’s class to be diagnosed with COVID-19. Their school will stay closed for a week, from March 20 to March 27. Case #134 has no recent travel history, and developed symptoms on March 17. He then sought medical attention on his own and was reported to health agencies. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 20. Health agencies will continue to trace related contacts of these cases.

81,250 China; 41,035 Italy; 19,980 Spain; 19,644 Iran; 16,290 Germany; 14,250 US; 10,891 France; 8,652 Korea, South; 4,164 Switzerland; 3,297 United Kingdom; 2,468 Netherlands; 2,257 Belgium; 2,203 Austria; 1,802 Norway; 1,439 Sweden; 1,308 Denmark; 963 Japan; 900 Malaysia; 873 Canada; 785 Portugal; 712 Cruise Ship; 705 Israel; 694 Czechia; 681 Australia; 621 Brazil; 557 Ireland; 484 Luxembourg; 464 Greece; 460 Qatar; 454 Pakistan; 409 Iceland; 400 Finland; 378 Poland; 369 Indonesia; 359 Turkey; 345 Singapore; 342 Chile; 322 Thailand; 319 Slovenia; 308 Romania; 285 Bahrain; 283 Estonia; 274 Saudi Arabia; 260 Ecuador; 256 Egypt; 244 India; 234 Peru; 230 Philippines; 202 South Africa; 199 Russia; 192 Iraq; 164 Mexico; 163 Lebanon; 159 Kuwait; 144 San Marino; 140 United Arab Emirates; 137 Panama; 136 Armenia; 135 Taiwan; 128 Argentina; 128 Colombia 

 

Thursday 3/19/2020

An increase of 8.

According to the Taiwan CDC, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced eight new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with seven being imported (three cases linked to tour groups) and the other one being indigenous (a contact of cases of Case #59). A total of 108 cases have been confirmed in Taiwan as of writing. Case #101 is an over-70-year-old male who was a member of the same tour group as Case #55. A total of five people from the tour group to Egypt have been confirmed to have COVID-19, including four members of the travel group and one contact. Case #102 is an over-50-year-old female. She traveled to the United States for business events with some members of her family from February 29 to March 11. Her family members haven’t developed any suspected symptoms. The CECC will continue to expand contact tracing.

Case #103 is a classmate of Case #59. They both are high school students and sit near each other in the classroom. Their high school will be temporarily closed beginning March 20 until March 27 as two cases have been confirmed in the school. Cases #104 and #108 are an over-40-year-old female and an over-40-year-old male, who had traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic with the same tour group as Case #61. A total of four members of this tour group have been confirmed to have COVID-19. Case #105 is an over-20-year-old male. He went abroad alone on December 24 of 2019 to study in France. He returned to Taiwan on March 17. Members of his family currently don’t have any symptoms.

Case #106 is an over-20-year-old male. He traveled to Spain on a study tour from January 5 to March 17. Case #107 is a French male in his 50s. Case #107 visited his relatives in Taiwan on March 15, and was under home quarantine at a hotel designated by the local government upon entry. He developed symptoms on March 17. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 17. Health agencies will continue to trace related contacts of these cases.

81,155 China; 35,713 Italy; 18,407 Iran; 15,014 Spain; 13,093 Germany; 9,415 US; 9,058 France; 8,565 Korea, South; 3,067 Switzerland; 2,644 United Kingdom; 2,056 Netherlands; 1,843 Austria; 1,795 Belgium; 1,631 Norway; 1,301 Sweden; 1,206 Denmark; 924 Japan; 900 Malaysia; 727 Canada; 712 Cruise Ship; 681 Australia; 642 Portugal; 572 Czechia; 529 Brazil; 529 Israel; 452 Qatar; 418 Greece; 366 Ireland; 359 Finland; 335 Pakistan; 335 Luxembourg; 330 Iceland; 313 Singapore; 311 Indonesia; 305 Poland; 286 Slovenia; 277 Romania; 272 Thailand; 269 Bahrain; 267 Estonia; 238 Saudi Arabia; 238 Chile; 217 Philippines; 210 Egypt; 191 Turkey; 176 India; 168 Ecuador; 164 Iraq; 155 Peru; 148 Kuwait; 147 Russia; 139 Lebanon; 119 San Marino; 118 Mexico; 116 South Africa; 115 Armenia; 113 United Arab Emirates; 109 Panama; 108 Taiwan*; 105 Slovakia; 102 Colombia 

 

Wednesday 3/19/2020

An increase of 23.

Arrials from the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand Will Require 14-Day Quarantine

This extends yesterday's provision for only the US states of California, New York & Washington to arrivals from all 50 states, and brings Australia & New Zealand to the list.

About Newest Patients

According to the Taiwan CDC the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 23 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan, with 21 identified as imported cases (4 cases linked to a tour group to Turkey) and the other 2 classified as indigenous cases (1 case being a contact of cases linked to a travel group to Egypt). The CECC reported that four other members of same tour group to Turkey as Cases #68-70 were among cases confirmed today. The four patients are three females and one male, aged between 20 and 59. Two of the four persons were asymptomatic while the other two developed symptoms on March 11 and March 16, respectively. They tested positive for COVID-19 on March 18 after being reported to health agencies.

With respect to other confirmed cases, ten women and seven men were among the confirmed imported cases announced today. These 17 patients are between 20 and 59 years old, and developed symptoms between February 14 and March 16. These patients have travel history to different countries, including three visiting Spain; three visiting the United States; two visiting the United Kingdom; two visiting France; one visiting Indonesia; one visiting Qatar; one visiting the Philippines; one visiting Switzerland; and one visiting Germany. With respect to the remaining two patients, one of them had traveled to France, Spain and the United Kingdom while the other one had visited the United Kingdom, Italy and France. 

Regarding 2 indigenous cases confirmed today, one of the two patients is an over-20-year-old male, and the other one is an over-20-year-old female. The man in his 20s is a contact of the confirmed cases tied to the travel group to Egypt. The woman in her 20s has no recent travel history, and the source of infection has yet to be identified.

 

Tuesday 3/17/2020

An increase of 10.

Three US States & 20 Additional Countries Added to 14-Day Home Quarantine for Entering Taiwan

California, New York, and Washington; Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam; Moldova

About Newest Patients

According to the Taiwan CDC the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced ten new confirmed cases (Cases #68-77) of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Cases #68 and #69 are two females, and Cases #70 and #73 are two males. The four patients are between 20 to 69 years old. Two of the four patients reside in northern Taiwan while the remaining cases reside in the middle part of Taiwan. Cases #68-70 and Case #73 visited Turkey with the same tour group as Cases #56, #57 and #65-67. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the four cases on March 17. A total of 9 members of this tour group have been confirmed to have COVID-19 as of now.

Case #71 is an over-60-year-old male who resides in northern Taiwan. Case #71 joined the same travel group to Egypt as Cases #55 and #63 from March 3 to March 12. He tested positive for COVID-19 on March 17. Case #71 is the third member of the tour group to be diagnosed with COVID-19. Case #72 is a woman in her 70s who resides in southern Taiwan. Case #72 traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic as part of a tour group with a member of her family (Case #61) from March 5 to March 14. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 17. Case #72 is the second person with confirmed COVID-19 among the members of the tour group.

Case #74 is an over-30-year-old male who resides in southern Taiwan. He visited Iceland with seven other members of his family from February 25 to March 10. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 17. Case #75 is an over-20-year-old male who resides in southern Taiwan. Case #75 visited Germany from February 23 to March 8. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 17. Case #76 is an over-30-year-old female who resides in northern Taiwan. Case #76 traveled to Paris with two other friends from March 1 to March 12, and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 17. Case #77 is an over-60-year-old female who resides in northern Taiwan. Case #77 left for Czech Republic from Taiwan, transiting in Dubai, on January 20. She flew from the Czech Republic to New York to visit her family on March 7, and arrived in Taiwan on March 16. Case #77 tested positive for COVID-19 on March 17.

 

Monday 3/16/2020

An increase of 8.

the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced eight new confirmed cases (Cases #60-67) of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Case #60 is an over-20-year-old female who resides in the middle part of Taiwan. Case #60 traveled alone to Italy, Greece, and Germany from February 9 to March 11, and returned to Taiwan on March 12. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 16. Related investigation suggests a higher possibility that Case #60 was infected with the novel coronavirus during her travel in Europe. Preliminary investigation has identified a total of 11 individuals who had contact with the case.

Case #61 is an over-50-year-old female who resides in southern Taiwan. Case #61 visited Austria and the Czech Republic with a tour group from March 5 to March 14. She had a fever when returning to Taiwan on March 14, and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 16. Preliminary investigation has identified a total of 20 individuals who had contact with the patient, including people in the same tour group. Furthermore, at least one of Case #61’s family member who traveled with her developed a fever on March 15, and is currently being treated in a negative pressure ward.

Case #62 an over-60-year-old female who resides in northern Taiwan. Case #62 visited her relatives in the Philippines with a member of her family from March 7 to March 14. She developed symptoms including fever and cough in the Philippines, and was tested for COVID-19 after returning to Taiwan on March 14. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 16. Two of her family members have no suspected symptoms. 

Case #63 is an over-50-year-old male who resides in northern Taiwan. Case #63 visited Egypt with the same tour group as Case #55 from March 3 to March 12. A total of 98 contacts related to this travel cluster have been identified so far. Except for Case #63 who tested positive for COVID-19, the remaining contacts haven’t developed suspected symptoms.

Case #64 is an over-20-year-old male who went to Spain for study in August, 2019. Case #64 decided to return to Taiwan as a confirmed case occurred on the campus. He arrived in Taiwan on March 12, and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 16. Cases #65 and #66 are two females in their 50s. Case #67 is an over-60-year-old male. Three patients reside in southern Taiwan. The three patients traveled to Turkey (with the same tour group as Cases #56 and #57) from March 4 to March 13. They began to develop symptoms on March 14, and were tested on March 15. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in three cases on March 16. So far, a total of five individuals from the same travel group as Case #56 have been confirmed to have COVID-19. The CECC continues to trace other individuals having contact with the cases.

81,020 China; 24,747 Italy; 13,938 Iran; 8,162 Korea, South; 7,844 Spain; 5,813 Germany; 5,437 France; 3,774 US; 2,200 Switzerland; 1,739 Denmark; 1,395 United Kingdom; 1,256 Norway; 1,136 Netherlands; 1,032 Sweden; 886 Belgium; 860 Austria; 839 Japan; 696 Cruise Ship; 428 Malaysia; 401 Qatar; 339 Canada; 331 Greece; 297 Australia; 293 Czechia; 251 Israel; 245 Portugal; 244 Finland; 226 Singapore; 219 Slovenia; 214 Bahrain; 200 Brazil; 180 Iceland; 171 Estonia; 140 Philippines; 139 Romania; 129 Ireland; 126 Egypt; 125 Poland; 124 Iraq; 118 Saudi Arabia; 117 Indonesia; 114 Thailand; 113 India; 112 Kuwait; 109 San Marino; 99 Lebanon; 98 United Arab Emirates; 77 Luxembourg; 75 Chile; 71 Peru; 63 Russia; 61 Slovakia; 61 South Africa; 59 Taiwan; 56 Vietnam; 53 Pakistan

 

Sunday 3/15/2020

An increase of 6.

According to the Taiwan CDC the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced six new confirmed imported cases (Cases #54-59) of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Case #54 is an over-30-year-old male who resides in northern Taiwan. Case #54 visited Thailand from February 28 to March 1. After returning to Taiwan, Case #54 traveled with a friend to Hokkaido, Japan from March 5 to March 8. He is currently being treated in a negative pressure isolation ward. Preliminary investigation has identified a total of 31 individuals who had contact with the case including people in the same household and persons having contact with the case at the workplace and the hospital.

Case #55 is an over-50-year-old male who resides in northern Taiwan. Case #55 joined a travel group to Egypt from March 3 to March 12. Case #55 is currently being treated in a negative pressure isolation ward. Preliminary investigation has identified a total of 33 individuals who had contact with the case, including people in the same tour group and persons having contact with the case at the hospital.

Cases #56 and #57 are an over-40-year-old male and an over-70-year-old female, respectively. Both patients reside in northern Taiwan. Both cases traveled to Turkey as part of a tour group, transiting through Dubai, from March 4 to March 13. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the two cases on March 15. Preliminary investigation has identified a total of 19 individuals who had contact with the two patients, including people in the same tour group and family members living with them.

Case #58 is an over-20-year-old female who resides in norther Taiwan. Case #58 went to Spain for study in January, and returned to Taiwan on March 13. She tested positive for COVID-19 on March 15, and is being treated in a negative pressure isolation ward. Preliminary investigation has identified a total of 5 individuals who lived with her and had contact with the case.

Case #59 is a male in his teens who resides in northern Taiwan. Case #59 visited Greece with his family in January, and returned to Taiwan on March 5. Preliminary investigation has identified a total of 16 individuals who l had contact with the case. The CECC continues to trace other individuals having contact with the cases.

80,995 China; 21,157 Italy; 12,729 Iran; 8,086 Korea, South; 6,391 Spain; 4,585 Germany; 4,481 France; 2,952 US; 1,359 Switzerland; 1,143 United Kingdom; 1,090 Norway; 961 Sweden; 959 Netherlands; 836 Denmark; 773 Japan; 696 Cruise Ship; 689 Belgium; 655 Austria; 337 Qatar; 252 Canada; 250 Australia; 238 Malaysia; 228 Greece; 225 Finland; 212 Singapore; 210 Bahrain; 193 Israel; 189 Czechia; 181 Slovenia; 169 Portugal; 156 Iceland; 151 Brazil; 129 Ireland; 123 Romania; 115 Estonia; 111 Philippines; 110 Iraq; 109 Egypt; 104 Kuwait; 103 Saudi Arabia; 103 Poland; 102 India; 96 Indonesia; 93 Lebanon; 85 United Arab Emirates; 82 Thailand; 80 San Marino; 61 Chile; 59 Russia; 59 Taiwan; 53 Vietnam; 51 Luxembourg

 

Saturday 3/14/2020

An Increase of 3.

14-Day Home Quarantine After Entering Taiwan from 27 European countries and Dubai

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 14-day home quarantine for travelers arriving from:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom & Dubai

Staring from March 17, travelers required to follow home quarantine can pay to stay at the group quarantine facilities if they do not have other places to reside in. 

The same conditions apply for travelers from Italy, in effect since March 1st.

The disease outbreak in the US has intensified, with 46 states and Washington D.C. all reporting confirmed cases, and more than 20 states having declared a state of emergency. According to the assessment of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is spread through communities in the states of Washington, New York and California. Isolation measures have been implemented in certain regions suffering from severe epidemic developments. In light of the situation, the CECC raised its travel notice for the above three states to level 2: Alert. Travelers visiting these regions are advised to practice enhanced precautions. The travel notice for remaining US states is Level 1: Watch, and visitors are advised to take usual precautionary measures. 

Patient Details for Saturday 3/14/2020

According to the Taiwan CDC, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced three new confirmed imported cases (Cases #51-53) of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan.

Case #51 is an over-30-year-old Dutch male who visited Austria from March 2 to March 6, and left the Netherlands for Taiwan on March 9. Case #51 entered Taiwan on March 10. He sought medical attention at the emergency department at a hospital for breathing difficulties on March 11. He was tested for COVID-19 in the hospital which reported the case to health agencies on March 12. Case #51 tested positive for COVID-19 on March 14 and is hospitalized in isolation. Preliminary investigation has identified a total of 28 individuals who had contact with the case, and 14 of 28 contacts had left Taiwan.

Case #52 is an over-30-year-old Taiwanese male who resides in northern Taiwan. Case #52 transited through Turkey for Switzerland from Taiwan with his two other friends on February 28. He traveled to France from Switzerland on February 29, and took a bus back to Switzerland to catch his flight on March 7. He transited in Turkey, and returned to Taiwan on March 8. He sought medical care for his symptoms, and was tested and reported to health agencies on March 12. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 14. Case #52 is being treated in a negative pressure isolation ward. Preliminary investigation has identified a total of 39 individuals who had contact with Case #52, including his friends, passengers on the same flight back to Taiwan and persons having contact with the case at workplace and the hospital.

Case #53 is an over-30-year-old Taiwanese male who resides in northern Taiwan. Case #53 visited Munich and Nuremberg, Germany from February 22 to March 6. He sought medical attention for his symptoms, and was tested and reported to health agencies on March 11. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 14. Case #53 is being treated in a negative pressure isolation ward. Preliminary investigation has identified a total of 15 individuals who had contact with Case #53, including his colleagues, his family and persons having contact with the patient at workplace and the hospital. The CECC will also investigate activities Case #53 had done before the onset of symptoms to further trace persons with potential contact with him.

80,976 China; 21,157 Italy; 12,729 Iran; 8,086 Korea, South; 6,023 Spain; 4,174 Germany; 3,672 France; 2,569 US; 1,359 Switzerland; 1,143 United Kingdom; 996 Norway; 944 Sweden; 836 Denmark; 804 Netherlands; 725 Japan; 696 Cruise Ship; 689 Belgium; 655 Austria; 337 Qatar; 250 Australia; 238 Malaysia; 223 Finland; 212 Singapore; 210 Bahrain; 198 Canada; 190 Greece; 169 Portugal; 164 Israel; 156 Iceland; 151 Brazil; 150 Czechia; 141 Slovenia; 109 Estonia; 104 Kuwait; 102 Romania; 101 Iraq; 98 Philippines; 96 Indonesia; 93 Lebanon; 93 Egypt; 90 Ireland; 87 India; 86 Saudi Arabia; 85 United Arab Emirates; 84 Poland; 82 Thailand; 80 San Marino; 53 Vietnam; 53 Taiwan; 47 Russia; 43 Chile

 

Friday 3/13/2020

An Increase of 1.

According to the Taiwan CDC, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced the 50th confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. The case is an over-50-year-old American male who works in Taiwan and resides in middle part of Taiwan on his own. Case #50 hosted four friends, two couples, from the United States on February 24, who all left Taiwan on February 26. Case #50 developed symptoms including chills, cough and fever on February 27, March 4 and March 7. He sought medical attention and was admitted to a hospital for medical treatment on March 7. The hospital collected his specimen for COVID-19 testing and reported the case to health agencies on March 10. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 13. Case #50 is being treated in a negative pressure isolation ward.

With respect to the four American friends Case #50 hosted on February 24, one developed chills, cough and tiredness on February 24, and the person’s partner also showed symptoms after leaving Taiwan on February 26. Moreover, at least a member of this couple’s family in the United States was later diagnosed with COVID-19. One of the other two American friends also developed respiratory symptoms after leaving Taiwan on February 26. Based on Case #50’s exposure history before the onset of symptoms, there is a higher possibility that Case #50 was infected with the novel coronavirus via contact with his friends from the United States.

80,945 China; 15,113 Italy; 11,364 Iran; 7,869 Korea, South; 4,073 Spain; 3,059 Germany; 2,882 France; 1,701 US; 858 Switzerland; 804 Netherlands; 788 Denmark; 702 Norway; 696 Cruise Ship; 639 Japan; 599 Sweden; 593 United Kingdom; 556 Belgium; 302 Austria; 262 Qatar; 189 Bahrain; 187 Singapore; 157 Israel; 155 Finland; 149 Malaysia; 133 Greece; 128 Australia; 117 Czechia; 112 Portugal; 103 Iceland; 89 Slovenia; 85 United Arab Emirates; 85 Brazil; 81 India; 80 Kuwait; 80 Egypt; 79 Iraq; 77 Lebanon; 75 Thailand; 70 Romania; 70 Ireland; 69 San Marino; 69 Indonesia; 62 Saudi Arabia; 58 Poland; 52 Philippines; 50 Taiwan*; 47 Vietnam; 41 Estonia

 

Thursday 3/12/2020

An increase of 1.

According to the Taiwan CDC the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced the 49th confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Case #49 is an over-40-year-old female who resides in northern Taiwan. She transited through the United Kingdom for Ireland from Taiwan on February 21. She traveled to Belgium from Ireland on March 4. She transited in Turkey from Belgium on March 7 and returned to Taiwan on March 8. Case #49 didn’t have any symptom when entering Taiwan but she developed a headache, tiredness and a sore throat after returning home. She sought medical care at a hospital and was reported and tested for COVID-19 on March 10. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 12. Case #49 is being treated in a negative pressure isolation ward.

 

Wednesday 3/11/2020

An increase of 1.

According to the Taiwan CDC the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced the 48th confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Case #48 is an over-30-year-old female who resides in northern Taiwan. She traveled by herself to the United Kingdom and visited friends in the U.K from February 28 to March 8. After returning to Taiwan, Case #48 sought medical attention at a clinic due to dizziness and headache on March 9. She sought medical care at a hospital on March 10 for developing a mild fever and a slight cough. The case was then reported to health agencies, and she was tested for COVID-19. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 11. Case #48 is being treated in a negative pressure isolation ward.

80,969 China; 10,149 Italy; 9,000 Iran (Islamic Republic of); 7,755 Republic of Korea; 2,174 Spain; 1,784 France; 1,629 Germany; 1,050 US; 696 Others; 613 Switzerland; 581 Japan; 503 Netherlands; 477 Sweden; 440 Norway; 382 UK; 340 Denmark; 314 Belgium; 206 Austria; 189 Bahrain; 178 Singapore; 149 Malaysia; 107 Australia; 93 Canada; 90 Greece; 85 Iceland; 76 Israel; 74 United Arab Emirates; 72 Kuwait; 71 Iraq; 63 Czech Republic; 61 Lebanon; 60 India; 60 San Marino; 60 Egypt; 59 Finland; 59 Portugal; 59 Thailand; 57 Slovenia; 49 Philippines; 48 Taiwan; 38 Viet Nam; 34 Brazil; 

 

Tuesday 3/10/2020

An increase of 2.

According to the CDC Case #46 is an over-20-year-old male who resides in northern Taiwan, and he is a family member of Case #34 and Case #41. Case #47 is an over-30-year-old male who resides in southern Taiwan, and an imported case linked to a trip to the Netherlands.

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) indicated that Case #46 has no recent travel history and lives with Case #34 and Case #41 and that Case #46 had kept Case #34 company in the hospital. After Case #34 was diagnosed with COVID-19, Case #46 was placed in isolation in the hospital and tested twice for COVID-19 from February 28 to March 3 as he had contact with Case #34. Case #46 returned home for home isolation after having tested negative for COVID-19. He had a cough from March 6 to March 8. As health agencies conducted related health follow-up, Case #46 reported a worsening cough. Case #46 was then admitted to a negative pressure isolation ward and tested for the novel coronavirus for the third time. He tested positive for COVID-19 on March 10. With respect to the cluster, a total of 447 contacts have been identified, and 398 individuals have been tested. Of these contacts, 8 tested positive for COVID-19 (Cases #35-38, and Cases #41, #42, #45 and #46), and 386 tested negative with the remainder awaiting test results.  

The CECC also reported that Case #47 went on a business trip to the Netherlands with two other colleagues from March 2 to March 5. After returning to Taiwan, Case #47 developed a mild fever and a dry cough on March 9, and he sought medical care the same day. As the patient has a travel history and developed symptoms, the hospital reported the case to health agencies. The patient was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 10. Case #47 is being treated in a negative pressure isolation ward. Based on the locations he had visited before the onset of the symptoms, there is a higher possibility that Case #47 had contracted the novel coronavirus abroad. Health agencies will investigate Case #47’s travel itinerary in the Netherlands, and continue to follow up on the health of passengers on the same flight as Case #47, his family and friends, his colleagues and other persons who had contact with him.

80,756 Mainland China; 9,172 Italy; 8,042 Iran; 7,513 South Korea; 1,547 Spain; 1,412 France; 1,281 Germany; 761 US; 530 Japan; 374 Switzerland; 325 Sweden; 321 Netherlands; 321 UK; 267 Belgium; 227 Norway; 160 Singapore; 157 Austria; 118 Hong Kong; 117 Malaysia; 113 Denmark; 109 Bahrain; 97 Australia; 89 Greece; 77 Canada; 74 United Arab Emirates; 71 Iraq; 69 Kuwait; 69 Iceland; 59 Egypt; 58 Israel; 56 India; 53 Thailand; 51 San Marino; 47 Taiwan; 41 Portugal; 41 Czech Republic80,756 Mainland China; 9,172 Italy; 8,042 Iran; 7,513 South Korea; 1,547 Spain; 1,412 France; 1,281 Germany; 761 US; 696 Others; 530 Japan; 374 Switzerland; 325 Sweden; 321 Netherlands; 321 UK; 267 Belgium; 227 Norway; 160 Singapore; 157 Austria; 118 Hong Kong; 117 Malaysia; 113 Denmark; 109 Bahrain; 97 Australia; 89 Greece; 77 Canada; 74 United Arab Emirates; 71 Iraq; 69 Kuwait; 69 Iceland; 59 Egypt; 58 Israel; 56 India; 53 Thailand; 51 San Marino; 47 Taiwan; 41 Portugal; 41 Czech Republic; 

 

Monday 3/9/2020

Unchanged.

 80,754 Mainland China; 9,172 Italy; 7,478 South Korea; 7,161 Iran; 1,209 France; 1,176 Germany; 1,073 Spain; 738 US; 511 Japan; 374 Switzerland; 321 Netherlands; 321 UK; 248 Sweden; 239 Belgium; 205 Norway; 150 Singapore; 131 Austria; 117 Malaysia; 115 Hong Kong; 95 Bahrain; 91 Australia; 90 Denmark; 77 Canada; 73 Greece; 64 Kuwait; 60 Iraq; 58 Iceland; 55 Egypt; 50 Thailand; 45 United Arab Emirates; 45 Taiwan; 43 India; 39 Israel

 

Sunday 3/8/2020

Unchanged.

80,699 Mainland China; 7,314 South Korea; 6,566 Iran; 5,883 Italy; 951 Germany; 949 France; 613 Spain; 502 Japan; 465 US; 332 Switzerland; 273 UK; 265 Netherlands; 203 Sweden; 169 Belgium; 157 Norway; 150 Singapore; 114 Hong Kong; 104 Austria; 99 Malaysia; 85 Bahrain; 76 Australia; 66 Greece; 64 Kuwait; 61 Canada; 54 Iraq; 50 Thailand; 50 Iceland; 45 United Arab Emirates; 45 Taiwan; 39 India; 36 San Marino

 

Saturday 3/7/2020

Unchanged.

80,651 Mainland China; 7,041 South Korea; 4,747 Iran; 4,636 Italy; 696 Others; 670 Germany; 653 France; 420 Japan; 401 Spain; 340 US; 214 Switzerland; 164 UK; 130 Singapore; 128 Netherlands; 109 Belgium; 108 Norway; 108 Hong Kong; 101 Sweden; 83 Malaysia; 66 Austria; 63 Australia; 60 Bahrain; 58 Kuwait; 54 Canada; 50 Thailand; 48 Iraq; 45 United Arab Emirates; 45 Taiwan; 45 Iceland; 45 Greece; 

 

Friday 3/6/2020

An increase of 1.

According to the Taiwan CDC Case #45 is a female in her 50s and a discharged patient who had stayed at the same hospital ward, but a different patient room, as Case #34 before Case #34’s diagnosis with confirmed COVID-19 infection. Case #45 hadn’t traveled abroad recently.

80,556 Mainland China; 6,593 South Korea; 4,747 Iran; 3,858 Italy; 577 Germany; 423 France; 381 Japan; 360 Spain; 233 US; 138 Switzerland; 130 Singapore; 128 Netherlands; 116 UK; 109 Belgium; 106 Norway; 106 Hong Kong; 101 Sweden; 83 Malaysia; 60 Australia; 58 Kuwait; 55 Bahrain; 48 Canada; 48 Thailand; 47 Austria; 45 Taiwan; 45 Greece; 40 Iraq

 

Thursday 3/5/2020

An increase of 2.

According to the Taiwan CDC Case #44 is an over-30-year-old male who resides in northern Taiwan. He traveled to the Philippines with his friends from February 28 to March 3. He had diarrhea in the Philippines on March 2. After he returned to Taiwan, Case #44 went to a clinic due to having a dry throat and tiredness on March 3. He went to a hospital and was reported as a suspected case on March 4. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 5. 

80,411 Mainland China; 6,088 South Korea; 3,513 Iran; 3,089 Italy; 444 Germany; 360 Japan; 285 France; 248 Spain; 159 US; 117 Singapore; 105 Hong Kong; 95 Switzerland; 90 UK; 72 Norway; 60 Sweden; 58 Kuwait; 55 Bahrain; 52 Australia; 50 Malaysia; 50 Belgium; 47 Thailand; 44 Taiwan; 38 Netherlands; 37 Austria

 

Wednesday 3/4/2020

No increase in Taiwan's confirmed cases

80,151 Mainland China; 5,186 South Korea; 2,336 Iran; 2,036 Italy; 706 Others; 283 Japan; 204 France; 188 Germany; 153 Spain; 110 Singapore; 106 US; 100 Hong Kong; 56 Kuwait; 56 Switzerland; 51 UK; 49 Bahrain; 43 Thailand; 42 Taiwan; 39 Australia; 36 Malaysia; 

 

Tuesday 3/3/2020

An increase of 1.

 

The Taiwan CDC reports that the 42nd case is a family member of a person who had stayed in the same hospital  - though a different room - as the 34th patient.  The 42nd patient is a female in her 50s without a history of recent overseas travel

 

Monday 3/2/2020

80,025 Mainland China; 3,736 South Korea; 1,694 Italy; 978 Iran; 256 Japan; 130 France; 130 Germany; 106 Singapore; 98 Hong Kong; 84 Spain; 80 US; 47 Bahrain; 45 Kuwait; 42 Thailand; 40 Taiwan; 36 UK; 29 Australia

 

Sunday 3/1/2020

According to the CDC Case #41 is the daughter (in her 20s) of Case #34. Case #41 had neither recent travel history nor physical discomfort before her diagnosis. Case #41 visited and kept Case #34 company in the hospital many times from February 15 to 26. As health agencies identified her as a contact of Case #34, Case #41 tested for COVID-19, and was placed in an isolation ward February 28. Her preliminary test came back negative whereas her confirmatory test result was positive. She was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus March 2.

The CDC is reporting that on March 1, 2020, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced the 40th confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Case #40 is a female in her 70s who resides in northern Taiwan. She was a passenger aboard Diamond Princess cruise liner, and was admitted to a hospital in Japan after she tested positive for COVID-19. After her preliminary and confirmatory tests came back negative February 25, Case #40 was discharged from the hospital. She returned to Taiwan by plane February 26. During her flight, she had worn a face mask, and no passengers had been seated in the same row, and two rows in front of and behind her. Upon her arrival in Taiwan, she also went through entry quarantine procedure with the help of responsible agencies. She was then sent to a hospital on an ambulance for further quarantine and lab tests. Case #40 tested for COVID-19 three times and was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus March 1. People having contact with Case #40 after she returned to Taiwan had used protective equipment. Thus, these contacts are not required to test for COVID-19. 

 

Saturday 2/29/2020

The CDC says that on February 29, 2020, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported five new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Four of five cases are the contacts of Case #34 (index case) in a hospital in northern Taiwan. One of the patients is a hospital custodian (Case #35), and the other three patients (Cases #36, #37 and #38) are healthcare workers.

Case #35 had contact with Case #34 while working at the emergency department. Cases #36, #37 and #38 were healthcare staff who took care of Case #34 before the index patient tested positive for COVID-19. The four patients began to develop symptoms, including coughing, a runny nose and fever, from February 18 to 25. After they were identified as contacts of Case #34, they tested for COVID-19. Their test results came back positive on February 29. Their infections suggested a cluster, and the CECC has reinforced its active surveillance on the hospital.

 

Wednesday 2/26/2020

This 32nd case patient is person is a hospital worker who took care of the the 27th patient whose case was confirmed Sunday 2/23. 

Patients 28 ~ 31, confirmed from Sunday 2/23 through Tuesday 2/25, are all from the same family as the 27th patient. 

78,064 Mainland China; 1,261 South Korea; 705 Others; 322 Italy; 178 Japan; 139 Iran; 91 Singapore; 89 Hong Kong; 57 US; 40 Thailand; 32 Taiwan; 23 Bahrain; 22 Australia; 22 Malaysia; 18 Germany; 16 Vietnam; 14 France;

 

Tuesday 2/25/2020

 76,936 Mainland China; 634 Others; 602 South Korea; 135 Japan; 89 Singapore; 79 Italy; 74 Hong Kong; 43 Iran; 35 Thailand; 35 US; 28 Taiwan; 22 Australia; 22 Malaysia; 16 Germany; 16 Vietnam; 13 United Arab Emirates; 12 France;


Sunday 2/23/2020
 
76,936 Mainland China; 634 Others; 602 South Korea; 135 Japan; 89 Singapore; 79 Italy; 74 Hong Kong; 43 Iran; 35 Thailand; 35 US; 28 Taiwan; 22 Australia; 22 Malaysia; 16 Germany; 16 Vietnam; 13 United Arab Emirates; 12 France;

Friday 2/21/2020

75,466 Mainland China; 634 Others; 156 South Korea; 97 Japan; 85 Singapore; 68 Hong Kong; 35 Thailand; 26 Taiwan; 24 Malaysia; 16 Germany; 16 Vietnam; 16 US; 15 Australia; 12 France;

 
Thursday 2/20/2020

74,579 Mainland China; 621 Others; 104 South Korea; 84 Singapore; 84 Japan; 67 Hong Kong; 35 Thailand; 24 Taiwan; 22 Malaysia; 16 Germany; 16 Vietnam; 15 Australia; 15 US; 12 France

 

Tuesday 2/18/2020

72,438 Mainland China; 454 Diamond Princess; 77 Singapore; 66 Japan; 60 Hong Kong; 35 Thailand; 31 South Korea; 22 Malaysia; 22 Taiwan; 16 Germany; 16 Vietnam; 15 Australia; 15 US; 12 France; 

 

Sunday 2/16/2020

68,508 Mainland China; 355 Others; 72 Singapore; 57 Hong Kong; 43 Japan; 33 Thailand; 29 South Korea; 22 Malaysia; 20 Taiwan; 16 Germany; 16 Vietnam; 15 Australia; 15 US; 12 France; 

First Mortality in Taiwan from Cornoavirus Reported

A 61-year old taxi driver with a confirmed case of cornoavirus has died.  This is the first confirmed death of a cornoavirus patient in Taiwan.
 
Unlike other coronavirus cases so far, the patient had not travelled to China recently.  Doctors speculate that he may have been exposed due to his work having brought him into contact with many visitors from China.
 
The driver's brother, in his 50s, has also been confirmed as having coronavirus.
 
Complicating the question of the impact of the disease on the patient's mortality is the fact that he had a long history of chronic illness, suffering from both Hepatitis B and diabetes.

 

Saturday 2/15/2020

66,493 Mainland China; 218 Others; 67 Singapore; 56 Hong Kong; 33 Thailand; 29 Japan; 28 South Korea; 19 Malaysia; 18 Taiwan; 16 Germany; 16 Vietnam; 15 Australia; 15 US; 11 France;

 

Thursday 2/13/2020

59,789 Mainland China; 175 Others; 50 Singapore; 50 Hong Kong; 33 Thailand; 28 South Korea; 28 Japan; 18 Malaysia; 18 Taiwan; 16 Germany; 15 Australia; 15 Vietnam; 13 US; 11 France;

 

Tuesday 2/11/2020

44,665 Mainland China; 49 Hong Kong; 47 Singapore; 33 Thailand; 28 South Korea; 28 Japan; 18 Malaysia; 18 Taiwan; 16 Germany; 15 Australia; 15 Vietnam; 13 USA

 

Monday 2/10/2020

39,970 Mainland China; 40 Singapore; 36 Hong Kong; 32 Thailand; 26 Japan; 25 South Korea; 18 Taiwan; 16 Malaysia; 15 Australia; 14 Germany; 13 Vietnam; 12 US; 11 France; 10 Macau;

 

Friday 2/7/2020

34,569 Mainland China; 30 Singapore; 26 Hong Kong; 25 Thailand; 25 Japan; 24 South Korea; 17 Taiwan; 15 Australia; 13 Germany; 12 US; 12 Malaysia; 10 Vietnam

 

Thursday 2/6/2020

31,165 Mainland China; 30 Singapore; 25 Thailand; 25 Japan; 24 Hong Kong; 24 South Korea; 16 Taiwan; 15 Australia; 12 Germany; 12 US; 12 Malaysia

How Can Visitors to Taiwan Buy Surgical Masks?

Rationing of surgical face masks at two masks per person per week is being handled by NHI affiliated pharmacies.  If you're in Taiwan as a visitor and not enrolling in the NHI bring your entry/exit permit in your passport with you and the pharmacies will use this to allow you to make and track your purchases. 

 

Wednesday 2/5/2020

24,391 Mainland China; 25 Thailand; 24 Singapore; 22 Japan; 18 Hong Kong; 16 South Korea; 13 Australia; 12 Germany; 11 US; 11 Taiwan; 10 Macau; 10 Malaysia; 8 Vietnam

How Can Non-NHI Participants Buy Surgical Masks?

A surgical mask rationing system is about to be implemented, Thursday 2/6.

Sales will be limited to two per person per week.  The control is: if your National Health Insurance Card ends in an odd number, you can buy Monday, Wednesday & Friday.  Even number, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. 

Tentative reports show Sunday both odd & even number holders are allowed who have not reached their two-mask limit.

All purchases will be recorded in the IC chip of one's NHI card to prevent people from overbuying.

Sales will be through pharmacies only.

The CDC has not yet finalized a plan for people who are visiting as tourists and thus not enrolling in the NHI.  

Tentative reports show that people in Taiwan and awaiting their NHI cards can go to pharmacies where the pharmacist can access their recorded application for the NHI

Local Media: Up MediaTechNews

 

Tuesday 2/4/2020

20,485 Mainland China; 20 Japan; 19 Thailand;18 Singapore; 17 Hong Kong; 15 South Korea; 12 Australia; 12 Germany; 11 US; 10 Macau; 10 Malaysia; 10 Taiwan; 8 Vietnam

Surgical Mask Rationing System Being Introduced in Taiwan, Prices to be Lowered

A surgical mask rationing plan is slated to be introduced on Thursday 2/6.  

Outline of plan is to have retailers like convenience stores stop selling masks and distribute masks only through pharmacies affiliated with the National Health Insurance.

In order to buy a mask one will need needs to present a National Health Insurance Card. 

Limitation is two masks per person per week at a price of NT$5 per mask, or about three cents per mask, US$.  Price before was NT$6.

Purchases to be recorded on the IC chip of one's NHI card.

Additionally, the final digit in your NHI number will determine the day on which you can shop: ending in an even number, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.  Those ending in an odd number Monday, Wednesday & Friday.  Tentative reports show Sunday both odd & even number holders are allowed who have not reached their two-mask limit.

Pending is an answer to what about people from abroad who haven't received an NHI card, or who are only visiting and won't enroll in the NHI.

World Health Organization FAQ on Coronavirus - https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

 

Monday 2/3/2020

17,302 Mainland China; 20 Japan; 19 Thailand; 18 Singapore; 15 Hong Kong; 15 South Korea; 12 Australia; 11 US; 10 Germany; 10 Taiwan; 8 Macau

Taiwan Public School Winter Holiday Extended to 2/25 to Minimize Coronavirus

The winter holiday for public schools, K~12, will be lengthened two weeks to 2/25 in an effort to prevent classrooms from having a chance to become a vector for the coronavirus.

Private kindergardens and bushibans (cram schools: after-school study centers) are not affected by the order.

Many kindergardens and bushibans have already resumed classes with the conclusion of the Lunar New Year holidays. Localized schedule changes for private kindergardens and bushibans are possible in response to the public school advisory and parents’ anticipated reluctance to have children in class.

The schedule change for public school students was announced Sunday, February 2nd at 4pm by the director of the Central Epidemic Command Center 中央流行疫情中心, 陳時中Chen Shih Chung - 指揮官 & director of the Ministry of Education 教育部 Pan Wen Chung 潘文忠 -  部長.

The original return date for public school students was 2/11.

To make up for the additional two weeks of no-school in winter, summer vacation for public school students will be delayed two weeks to 7/14

Local Media: China Times, United Daily News

 


 

W.H.O. FAQ

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in  both animals and humans. Some infect people and are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

 

What is a “novel” coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The new, or “novel” coronavirus, now called 2019-nCoV, had not previously detected before the outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

 

How dangerous is the coronavirus?

As with other respiratory illnesses, infection with 2019-nCoV can cause mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever.  It can be more severe for some persons and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties.  More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as, diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.

 

Is the new virus the same as SARS?

No, 2019-nCoV is from the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) but it is not the same virus.

 

Should I wear a mask to protect myself?

Wearing a medical mask can help limit the spread of some respiratory disease. However, using a mask alone is not guaranteed to stop infections and should be combined with other prevention measures including hand and respiratory hygiene and avoiding close contact – at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people.

WHO advises on rational use of medical masks thus avoiding unnecessary wastage of precious resources and potential mis-use of masks (see Advice on the use of masks). This means using masks only if you have respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing), have suspected 2019-nCoV infection with mild symptoms or are caring for someone with suspected 2019-nCoV infection. A suspected 2019-nCoV infection is linked to travel in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or close contact with someone who has travelled from China and has respiratory symptoms.

How to put on, use, take off and dispose of a mask

Before putting on a mask, wash hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water

Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask

Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water

Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks

To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; wash hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water

 

Who can catch this virus?

People living or travelling in an area where the 2019-nCoV virus is circulating may be at risk of infection. At present, 2019-nCoV is circulating in China where the vast majority of people infected have been reported. Those infected from other countries are among people who have recently traveled from China or who have been living or working closely with those travellers, such as family members, co-workers or medical professionals caring for a patient before they knew the patient was infected with 2019-nCoV.

Health workers caring for persons who are sick with 2019-nCoV are at higher risk and must protect themselves with appropriate infection prevention and control procedures.  People living outside of areas in China where the virus is circulating are not at risk of infection with 2019-nCoV.

 

Who is at risk from developing severe illness?

While we still need to learn more about how 2019-nCoV affects people, thus far, older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more at risk of developing severe disease.

 

Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the 2019-nCoV?

No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. The novel coronavirus is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.

 

Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat 2019-nCoV?

To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus. However, those infected with 2019-nCoV should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care. Some specific treatments are under investigation and will be tested through clinical trials.  WHO is helping to coordinate efforts to develop medicines to treat nCoV with a range of partners.

 

If you want to protect yourself from getting infected with the new coronavirus, you should maintain basic hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices and avoiding close contact, when possible, with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

 

The following measures are not specifically recommended as 2019-nCoV remedies as they are not effective to protect yourself and can be even harmful:

 

Taking vitamin C

Smoking

Drinking tradition herbal teas

Wearing multiple masks to maximize protection

Taking self-medication such as antibiotics

In any case, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a more severe infection and be sure to share your recent travel history with your health care provider.

 

How long is the incubation period?

The incubation period is the time between infection and the onset of clinical symptoms of disease. Current estimates of the incubation period range from 2-11 days, and these estimates will be refined as more data become available. Based on information from other coronavirus diseases, such as MERS and SARS, the incubation period of 2019-nCoV could be up to 14 days.

Can humans become infected with the 2019-nCoV from an animal source?

Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans in China in 2002 and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.  As surveillance improves around the world, more coronaviruses are likely to be identified

The animal source of the 2019-nCoV has not yet been identified.  This does not mean you can catch 2019-nCoV from any animal or from your pet. It’s likely that an animal source from a live animal market in China was responsible for some of the first reported human infections. To protect yourself, when visiting live animal markets, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals.

The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

 

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses