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For the 4th time, Taiwan adds only 1 new cases of COVID-19 from 'Goodwill Fleet', total now at 429


Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday (April 25) announced one new case of COVID-19, bringing the total from the "Goodwill Fleet" to 31 and Taiwan's total to 429.


Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung announced one new case from Taiwan's ill-fated "Goodwill Fleet" for the fourth day in a row. The latest confirmed case, No. 429, is a male in his 20s who served as a sailor on the navy supply ship the Panshih.

The man displayed no symptoms of the coronavirus on April 18 but was placed in a quarantine center along with fellow sailors, where he underwent a test for the virus that came back negative. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 on Saturday after having a blood test.

Chen said that of the 31 sailors in the "Goodwill Fleet" cluster, 1,865 contacts have been traced by the health department, 534 are undergoing home isolation, while 1,313 have implemented self-health management and 173 have undergone testing for the disease, and 153 have tested negative.

Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) has confirmed that a trainmaster who spent over an hour in the same gym as an infected sailor from the Panshih on April 16, displayed symptoms of coronavirus. The trainmaster's office and the trains he worked on were all disinfected on Friday (April 24).

According to media reports, this was also when the man developed a fever and mild pulmonary infiltrates, The company did not deny the allegation but declined to comment. The trainmaster underwent testing twice and he tested negative the first time and the result for the second test is expected late Saturday, Chen said.
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