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A British man in his 70s has died of Covid-19 in Taiwan – the ninth recorded fatality there since the pandemic began, and the first of a foreign national, reports my colleague Helen Davidson in Taipei.
Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said on Thursday the man had traveled to Taiwan from the UK on 18 December to visit family. He began showing symptoms while in quarantine, the minister for health and welfare, Chen Shih-chung, said.
On 29 December he was admitted to hospital and tested positive on 31 December. As his condition deteriorated he was intubated and moved to the intensive care unit, but died yesterday.
The CECC’s adviser, Chang Shan-chwen, said the man’s illness was compounded by pre-existing cardiovascular disease.
Taiwan has recorded 919 cases of Covid-19, 805 of which were overseas arrivals. Nine people have died, and 71 are currently in hospital. Authorities are responding to a cluster of cases around a hospital in Taoyuan, currently totalling 19.
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