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70-year old woman is the 40th confirmed case of coronavirus in Taiwan

Taiwan confirmed one more COVID-19 case in a 70-year-old woman repatriated from Japan after an ill-fated voyage on the Diamond Princess, bringing the total COVID-19 cases in Taiwan to 40, according to a statement put out by the Central Epidemic Command Center on Sunday (March 1).

CECC Chen Shih-chung said that the woman continued to stay on the cruise ship after it arrived in Japan on February 4. She had no symptoms of respiratory illness but tested positive for the new coronavirus on February 15.

Chen said that the woman wore a face mask on the flight and no passengers sat within two rows of her. When she arrived in Taiwan, she was escorted to a hospital for isolation and screening. After she tested positive three times, she was today confirmed to still have the virus.

The woman’s husband tested negative in Japan on Feb. 7, and he is currently being quarantined in a Japanese hotel, Chen added.

Meanwhile, of the 40 confirmed cases, 12 patients have been released from isolation after having tested negative for the virus three times, the center added.

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