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5 coronavirus patients in Taiwan had traveled to Turkey: minister

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Taiwan’s health minister said the country has five coronavirus patients who returned home from a tour in Turkey, hinting that there are more cases than the Turkish government is willing or able to acknowledge, the Taiwan News website reported.

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday announced eight confirmed cases of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, the country’s largest single-day increase since the outbreak began.

During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung announced that Taiwan’s eight new cases all contracted the disease while traveling abroad. Chen said that the new patients had traveled to countries such as Italy, Germany, Greece, the Czech Republic, the Philippines, Spain, and Turkey before returning to Taiwan.

Chen said the 60th case had visited Italy, Germany, Spain and Greece. The 61st case had taken a trip to the Czech Republic, while the 62nd case had traveled to the Philippines.

Chen stated that the 63rd case had been on the same tour of Egypt as the 55th case. As for the 64th case, he said the patient is a male student in his 20s who attended same school in Spain as the 58th case.

As for cases 65, 66, and 67, he said that they had been in the same tour group in Turkey as the 56th and 57th cases. He said that out of the 15 people in the group, five have been confirmed to have the disease.

Chen warned would-be travelers that there are many countries in the world where the actual numbers may be far higher than the official figures.

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