Taiwanese with PH travel history tests positive for COVID-19

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 05 2020 10:32 PM

MANILA — Taiwan on Thursday announced that one of its residents, who recently traveled to the Philippines, has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“Case #44 is an over-30-year-old male who resides in northern Taiwan. He traveled to the Philippines with his friends from February 28 to March 3,” Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a press release.

The release said the man experienced diarrhea while in the Philippines on March 2.

“After he returned to Taiwan, Case #44 went to a clinic due to having a dry throat and tiredness on March 3,” the statement said.

It was on March 4 that the Taiwanese government considered him a suspected case.

“Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 5. Related investigation suggested it is an imported case linked to the Philippines,” the statement added.

Philippine officials have yet to confirm the information.

There are now more than 40 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Taiwan while only three confirmed cases in the Philippines. 

Taiwan was among the places that the Philippine government imposed travel restrictions on but the ban was later lifted.