Three Taiwanese, one adult and two children, have tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Japan, two of which tested negative prior to departure. One of the three, a one-year-old infant, was not tested prior to leaving Taiwan for Japan. (Read more: Coronavirus Update: Taiwan in October)
The aforementioned one-year-old developed a fever and respiratory symptoms on September 28, which went away within a week, before entering Japan on October 14. Both of his parents have tested negative and displayed no symptoms. Central Epidemic Command Center officials told the Central News Agency that they don’t know why he wasn’t tested prior to departure, according to Focus Taiwan.
The other child to test positive was a baby of a few months who so far is asymptomatic, while both his parents have tested negative. The adult in question, a 30-year-old woman who tested negative two days prior to leaving to Japan for work on October 14 is currently under quarantine and is also asymptomatic. 147 out of 155 people she has recently been in contact with have been tested for COVID-19, all of which came back negative.
At the time of writing, Taiwan has confirmed 544 cases of COVID-19, with 495 of those having recovered and seven having passed away. The majority of Taiwan’s cases have been brought into the country from overseas, with the most recent including people flying from France, The Philippines, Indonesia and Turkey respectively. While there is no obvious local spread of the virus, precautions are still being made to safeguard the community, including the continued enforcement of wearing masks on public transport and routine temperature checks upon entering many places of business.