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Taiwanese boy aged 4 positive with Coronavirus disease

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) —Taiwan confirms the positive result of COVID-19 of a 4-year-old boy. Taiwan announced its first case of a child under the age of five testing positive for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) on Monday (March 23).

During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced that the 175th case is the four-year-old son of the 171st case, marking the youngest person to be diagnosed with COVID-19 in Taiwan since the outbreak began in January.

Regarding the child's infection, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) on Monday's press conference said the following:

"Although this is the youngest case in Taiwan, and a preschool-aged child, whether it's testing or treatment, it is the same [as an adult]. Of course, when a child is small, he still needs to have other family members around to divert his attention during the examination."

He added that there is no treatment or supportive therapy currently in place that is specific to children. He further stated that in addition to a lack of customized treatment protocols, there is also the problem of getting them to take their medicine.


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