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Taiwan's one confirmed case of COVID-19 contacted over 400 people

TAIPEI - The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC)  on Sunday that one of Taiwan's recently confirmed domestic  cases of COVID-19 had unfortunately contacted with over 400 people and visited several tourist areas in  Northern Taiwan in the past month.

The Taiwanese man, in his 50s and Taiwan's 268th confirmed case, had contact with at least 449 people and he visited New Taipei's Jinshan Old Street in the afternoon of Feb. 29 and Wulai Old Street in the afternoon of March 15, said CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) when releasing information on his history of travel as it was unable to know of all the people with whom he had contacted.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, said that the patient's history of travel was revealed because they have not yet been able to find out all the people with whom he had contact.

As of Sunday, Taiwan had recorded 15 new infections, bringing the total to 298 since the coronavirus emerged in China at the end of last year, according to CECC statistics.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 645,244 patients in 177 countries and regions, including 119,748 in the U.S., 92,472 in Italy, 81,439 in China, 72,248 in Spain and 48,582 in Germany, with 29,854 fatalities to date, according to the CECC



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