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Taiwan hits 100 coronavirus cases, adds 23 new cases today as foreigners are ban to enter

Taiwan recoreded a total of 23 new COVID-19 cases, 21 of which originated overseas, bringing the total number in the country to 100 announced by the Central Epidemic Command Center.

Among the new cases, two are believed to have contracted the coronavirus locally, said CECC head, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung. One of the two, a man in his 20s, is the child of confirmed COVID-19 patient.

Another local case is a woman in her 20s who has no recent overseas travel history but developed a sore throat, coughing and fever, on March 12.

The other 21 new imported cases, four of them were members of a group that visited Turkey.

The other 17 showed symptoms of infection between Feb. 14 and March 16 during and after traveling to Spain (3), the U.S. (3), the United Kingdom (2), France (2), and Indonesia, Qatar, the Philippines, Switzerland, and Germany (one each).

As of March 18, 71 of the 100 confirmed cases in Taiwan have been classified as imported, the CECC said.

Globally, over 193,748 COVID-19 cases and at least 7,086 deaths had been reported in 145 countries/territories worldwide, according to the CECC. Currently, 22 of the 100 coronavirus patients in Taiwan have been released from quarantine.

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