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Taiwan total coronavirus cases rise to 252, with 17 new infections

Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (March 26) announced 17 more confirmed cases of COVID-19, 15 of them were imported, while 2 were locally transmitted, bringing the total to 252.

During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung announced that there are 17 new cases of COVID-19, all but two of which were imported. 

Chen said that among the 15 imported cases, seven were women and eight were men between the ages of 20 and 60.

Prior to testing positive for COVID-19, the patients had recently logged trips to the U.S., UK, Australia, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Qatar, Spain, Malaysia, Monaco, Mexico, the Philippines, the Czech Republic, and the South Pole. 

The remaining 14 cases were unrelated to previously reported infections. Most of them went abroad for school or work, while others did so for tourism or to visit relatives.

The Taiwanese man, who is in his 50s, had a dizzying itinerary from Feb. 19 to March 19 that included destinations including Antarctica, Chile, Argentina, the U.S., Qatar, and a transit flight through Bangkok, Thailand, before developing symptoms on March 23 and testing positive on March 25.

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