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Taiwan reports 1 new COVID-19 case, also from 'Goodwill Fleet', bringing total to 427

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (April 23) announced that there was one new case of COVID-19 in Taiwan, bringing the total from the "Goodwill Fleet" to 29, and 427 overall.

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung announced there was one new case, again from Taiwan's ill-fated "Goodwill Fleet", the latest confirmed case, No. 427, is a male in his 20s who served as a sailor on the Navy supply ship in the Panshih.

He was placed in a quarantine center on April 18, where he underwent a test for the disease that came back negative. However, beginning on April 19, he began to experience suspicious symptoms including an itchy throat and a cough.

On April 21, he underwent a second test and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on April 23. Chen said that out of the 29 sailors in the "Goodwill Fleet" cluster event, 1,237 contacts have been traced by the health department. Of those persons, 509 are undergoing home isolation, while 728 have implemented self-health management.

The center will continue to trace the activities of the infected sailors in public places after disembarking from their ships and publish them on the internet. Chen reminded the public that if they had been to the same places at the same time as the confirmed cases, they should undergo self-health management for the next 14 days and  wear a mask when going out.

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