A migrant caregiver for a northern Taiwan man in his 80s who was diagnosed with COVID 19 coronavirus on Sunday has tested positive for the virus, becoming Taiwan's 32nd confirmed case, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
At a press conference, Health Minister Chen Shih chung (???) said the woman was confirmed as the sixth case in a family cluster of the virus also responsible for cases 27 31.
According to the CECC, the family hired the woman, who is her 30s, to care for the man in the hospital between Feb.11 16, before he was diagnosed with the virus on Sunday.
On Monday evening, the woman was tested for the virus and placed under medical quarantine. At the time, her symptoms were limited to a mild sore throat, the CECC said.
Since the man's diagnosis, Taiwan's health authorities have identified 744 people who came into contact with the 27th case and members of his family.
As of Wednesday, 153 of those identified have been tested, of whom five have tested positive (cases 28 32), 141 tested negative and seven are still awaiting results, the CECC said.
According to the timeline provided by the CECC, the octogenarian man and his eldest son were confirmed as Taiwan's 27th and 28th COVID 19 cases on Sunday. On Monday, both his younger son and his wife were diagnosed as the 29th and 30th cases respectively.
These were followed by the man's 11 year old grandson on Tuesday and his temporary caregiver Wednesday the 31st and 32nd cases.
The 27th case is also one of only two to date in which the source of infection has not been identified, the CECC said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel