A total of 18 Filipinos tested positive after returning to the Philippines from Taiwan.
According to reports, these OFWs were either working as factory employees, domestic caregivers, and fishery workers.
In the press conference conducted by the Ministry of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, the 18 Filipinos and another Japanese national were positive of COVID-19 as they returned to their home countries from Taiwan.
Among the 18 confirmed cases, 11 Filipinos returned to the Philippines on the same flight. There are 78 passengers with them on board. The remaining Filipinos boarded different flights going to the Philippines exposing a lot of other passengers to the virus.
Chen said that the Filipinos are in their 20s to 50s, eight are men and ten were women. They departed Taiwan from Aug. 19 to Sept. 11.
It is said that before boarding their flights, they were tested for COVID-19 but the results came out negative. However, when they arrived in their home country, they were once again tested and the results came out positive.
The health department in Taiwan identified 372 close contacts with those Filipinos who had COVID-19 and none of them turned out to be positive.
Ever since the pandemic broke out, Taiwan carried 92,109 tests to determine COVID-19 positives, among the 90,980 turned out negative.