Taiwanese couple tests positive for Covid-19 after returning from Bangladesh | The Daily Star
10:43 PM, June 17, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:04 PM, June 17, 2020

Taiwanese couple tests positive for Covid-19 after returning from Bangladesh

Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on June 15 announced two new imported cases of coronavirus from Bangladesh.

The CECC posted the announcement on its website where they reported that two Taiwanese citizens who returned from Bangladesh over the weekend have tested positive for Covid-19. According to the website, the patients -- a couple termed cases 444 and 445 – had already been diagnosed and recovered from Covid-19 while in Bangladesh, but tested positive after they entered Taiwan.

The couple flew to Malaysia from Bangladesh on June 12 and returned to Taiwan on a chartered flight from Malaysia on June 13. They wore masks and coveralls during the flight and did not come into contact with their friends or relatives after entry.

According to the CECC, Case No 444 first developed a fever, cough, sore throat and muscle ache on May 23 and case 445 first experienced a fever on May 25.

Both were diagnosed with coronavirus and were hospitalised while still in Bangladesh. Case 444 was asymptomatic by May 26 and tested negative on May 28 and June 2, while case 445 tested negative on June 2.

After the two returned home from the hospital, both claimed that they stayed indoors and did not venture out again. When the two arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, they informed the quarantine staff that they had previously been hospitalised for the disease.

Quarantine personnel tested the couple for the disease and dispatched them to a quarantine center. Case-444 tested positive after the first sample was taken. But case-445 initially tested negative, only to test positive after a second screening.



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