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Feb. 17, 20 | 8:09 am

Focus Taiwan (Central News Agency English News)

A 61-year-old male living in central Taiwan was the first reported death from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country.

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), revealed that this was also the first community transmitted case.

The minister who was quoted in a report by Focus Taiwan, the Central News Agency’s English News, said the patient who had Hepatitis B and diabetes had not traveled overseas recently and had no known contact with COVID-19 patients.

He is the 19th confirmed coronavirus patient in Taiwan.

Authorities are still working to determine how the man became infected. Part of their checking are his phone records, medical records, and the CCTV footage of his travel history within the country.

The unidentified man was a taxi driver who had customers regularly travelling to and from China, Hong Kong, and Macau.

They have announced the 20th confirmed coronavirus patient. He is the younger brother of the taxi driver.

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