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Businessman who came from the Philippines tests positive of COVID-19 in Taiwan

Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced on Sunday (Sept 6) that a Taiwanese businessman who lives in the Philippines tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Taiwan which bring the total number of cases in Taiwan to 493.

The patient in his 40s, showed symptoms of fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness and sore muscles Sept. 1 while he was still in the Philippines.

He did not seek any medical attention in the Philippines, he informed the airline of his symptoms and wore a protective gown and mask throughout the flight, adding that no passengers sat in the two rows in front or behind him according to CECC.

He reported his symptoms to airport personnel upon arrival in Taiwan and was tested for COVID-19 before being sent to a designated quarantine center.

The test came back negative, but as he continued to experience shortness of breath and chest tightness, he was tested again during quarantine, with the results coming back positive on Sunday.

So far, the CECC has identified five people with whom the patient was in contact, all of whom were crew members on his flight. They have been asked to follow self-health management protocols, the CECC said.

Taiwan has recorded 493 cases of COVID-19, with 401 classified as imported. Of these cases, 473 have recovered, seven have died and 13 are still being treated in hospitals.

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