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Father and son in Taiwan are latest cases to be infected with coronavirus, cases now up to 28

Two men in Taiwan with no recent history of overseas travel have contracted the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to 28, with one death, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.

The two new patients are a father and son in their 80s and 50s, respectively, who live in northern Taiwan, CECC Deputy Commander Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press conference.

The father, who suffers from high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney problems, developed a cough and a runny nose on Feb. 6, according to Chuang.

Three days later, the man was admitted to a private room at a hospital after he came down with a fever and was diagnosed with pneumonia, Chuang said.

The patient was transferred to an intensive care unit on Feb. 16 and to a negative-pressure isolation room on Feb. 20, as doctors suspected that he had tuberculosis, Chuang said.

He was tested on Feb. 21 for COVID-19 and was confirmed Sunday as the 27th case in Taiwan, Chuang said.

Health authorities have been testing people who had come in contact with the man and were showing symptoms of COVID-19, including his son, who was also found to be infected with the disease, according to Chuang.

The son, now listed as Taiwan's 28th case, had visited a doctor on Feb. 4, complaining of a fever, cough and runny nose, Chuang said.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Chiang Yi-ching)

Source: CNA

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