2021/1/24  
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Highly transmissible South African COVID strain detected in Taiwan (2021/01/13)

Taiwan has announced its first case of a mutant COVID strain from South Africa. The patient is an Eswatini national who was diagnosed with COVID after arriving in Taiwan in late December. With the new strain ravaging southern Africa, Taiwan authorities have launched tougher quarantine rules for the region. Starting Thursday, arrivals with a recent travel history from the two African countries will need to quarantine at government facilities. In addition, they'll be tested for COVID upon arrival, as well as at the end of their quarantine period.

The South African variant is 1.5 times more contagious than the original from Wuhan. This new strain is circulating fast across the globe, and it has already reached Taiwan.

Chen Shih-chung
Central Epidemic Command Center
We've confirmed one infection caused by the South African variant. It's Patient #813, an Eswatini national who's tested positive for the South African strain.

Patient #813 is an Eswatini national who arrived in Taiwan on Dec. 24. He developed a headache and a stuffy nose on Dec. 31 and was diagnosed with COVID on Jan. 3. Lab tests confirm he was infected by the South African strain.

Chang Shang-chwen
CECC adviser
It's more contagious. According to the relevant data from South Africa, those who contracted the virus have higher viral loads. Local authorities believe this strain is responsible for causing a second COVID wave that's more severe than the first. It's not entirely the same as the U.K. coronavirus variant.

The Central Epidemic Command Center says that starting Thursday, tougher rules will apply to those with a travel history in South Africa or eSwatini over the past two weeks. Such travelers will have to undergo quarantine in a government facility and get tested at the end of the quarantine period.

Chen Shih-chung
Central Epidemic Command Center
When they land in Taiwan, they'll have to follow the same procedures as U.K. arrivals. They won't have to pay fees to stay at quarantine centers and they'll have to get tested at the start and the end of their quarantines.

Taiwan also reported four more imported COVID cases on Wednesday: one Indian and three Indonesian nationals. With the pandemic raging around the world, the CECC says there's no room to let down its guard.
中文 Chinese  
南非變種病毒侵台! 南非.史瓦帝尼入境集中檢疫

台灣發現首例南非變種病毒!是去年12月來台工作的案813史瓦帝尼籍個案,有鑑於南非疫情嚴峻,且病毒出現變異,指揮中心宣布,從1月14日開始,14天內曾有南非共和國或史瓦帝尼王國旅遊史的旅客,入境後一律入住集中檢疫所。

武漢肺炎南非變種病毒,具有更強傳染性,是原始病毒的1.5倍。最新的變種病毒,持續擴散中,台灣也出現第一例。

[[中央疫情指揮中心指揮官 陳時中]]
"新增了一位,一例是南非的變異株,813史瓦帝尼籍個案,他驗出來是一個南非變異株。"

感染南非變種病毒的史瓦帝尼籍案813,去年12月24日來台工作,12月31日出現頭痛、鼻塞等症狀,今年1月3日確診,經實驗室確認為南非變種病毒。

[[指揮中心專家諮詢小組召集人 張上淳]]
"它的傳播能力比較強,根據南非相關資料,這些感染病人,他們的病毒量通常都比較高,他們推測也是造成他們第二波感染,變得比第一波感染來得更嚴重主要的因素。那跟英國病毒株的變異是不完全相同。"

疫情指揮中心宣布,1月14日開始,14天內曾有南非或史瓦帝尼王國旅遊史、含當地轉機旅客,入境後一律集中檢疫,檢疫期滿前再次採檢。

[[中央疫情指揮中心指揮官 陳時中]]
"以抵台的時間都比照英國專案辦理,入住集中檢疫所不需繳交費用,入住前跟入住後都要採檢。"

此外,國內也再新增4例確診病例,1名為印度籍,3名為印尼籍漁工。武肺變種病毒來勢洶洶,指揮中心嚴陣以待,不敢掉以輕心。


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