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Filipino transit passenger in Taiwan test positive of COVID-19 in Hong Kong

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has claimed on Sunday (July 5), that a Filipino woman who transited in Taiwan before landing to Hongkong, has contracted  coronavirus in the Philippines and not in Taiwan.

The woman flew from Manila to Taiwan on Friday (July 3) before going to Hongkong on the same day, according to the CECC. After arriving to her destination, on Saturday, she was found to be positive for COVID-19.

CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang said, based on Taiwan's current regulations, transit passengers are only allowed in the country's main airport for no more than eight hours.

With this, Chuang added, the woman possibly acquired the disease in the Philippines because theoretically, it is impossible to test positive for COVID-19 after hours of getting exposed to the virus.

Additionally, upon the woman's arrival in Taiwan, she was assisted by airport and airline staffs who are wearing personal protective equipment, said Chuang. 

However, he added, the CECC has already sought for relevant information and will decide if contact tracing in Taiwan must be conducted.(CNA Photo)

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