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Taxidriver first person in Taiwan to die of Covid-19

Feb 17. 2020
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By The Nation

A taxi driver who had not travelled abroad in recent months became the first person to die in Taiwan after being infected by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

The 61-year-old is considered the fifth victim outside mainland China, Taiwan’s Ministry of Public Health said on Sunday (February 16) of Covid-19.

The victim had a history of diabetes and hepatitis B which might have caused his death.

Public Health Minister Chen Shih-Chung said the deceased had not travelled abroad in recent months. However, his customers mainly came from China, Hong Kong and Macau. A member of the family of the deceased was also found to be infected with the Covid-19.

As of Sunday (February 16), the number of Covid-19 cases in Taiwan had reached 20.

Taiwan's Ministry of Public Health said on Monday (February 17) that Taiwan will begin to examine all patients who have symptoms similar to the Covid-19, including those who have travelled abroad recently.

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