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Taiwan reports 267 new domestic COVID-19 cases

ROC Central News Agency

05/19/2021 02:41 PM

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) Taiwan on Wednesday confirmed 275 new cases COVID-19, of which 267 were classified as domestic infections, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new domestic cases included 129 in New Taipei City, 70 in Taipei, 28 in Changhua County, 16 in Taoyuan and eight in Kaohsiung, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at a press conference. (Update: New domestic COVID-19 cases in Kaohsiung revised down to 7)

Five of the cases occurred in Taichung, four were in Keelung, three were in Yilan, and there were two each Tainan and Hsinchu, said Chen, who also heads the CECC.

Seventy-three of the cases were linked to a cluster involving hostess teahouses in Taipei's Wanhua District, while another 87 cases had recently visited the Wanhua area, he said.

The CECC said 49 of the cases were of uncertain origin and 27 were still under investigation.

The new imported cases consisted of five from India, two from the Philippines and one from Japan, he said.

The new infections on Wednesday brought the total number of cases in the country to 2,533, of which 1,226 cases have been domestic infections reported since May 15, according to CECC data.

(By Matthew Mazzetta)

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