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New domestic COVID-19 cases in Kaohsiung revised down to 7

ROC Central News Agency

05/19/2021 10:30 PM

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) The number of new domestic COVID-19 cases reported in Kaohsiung on Wednesday was revised down to seven from eight after one of the cases was found to have a false positive test result, according to the city's health department.

The case involved a 6-year-old girl in the southern Taiwan city who tested negative after she first showed a weak positive response on May 17, when she was hospitalized for cancer treatment, the department said.

Except for the result of the test, which is compulsory for all inpatients, the girl had shown no travel history or other link to the pandemic, officials said.

None of the girl's family members had tested positive, they noted.

The department therefore concluded that the girl's first test was a false positive and removed her from the eight confirmed cases reported in the city earlier Wednesday.

The change could bring the number of new domestically transmitted cases in Taiwan that day to 266, including 129 reported in New Taipei, 70 in Taipei, 28 in Changhua County, 16 in Taoyuan, and seven in Kaohsiung.

As of press time, however, the Central Epidemic Command Center has not confirmed whether or not the official count of new domestic cases on Wednesday will be revised.

(By Hou Wen-ting and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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