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No new confirmed cases linked to Pingtung COVID cluster: CECC

ROC Central News Agency

06/28/2021 06:33 PM

Taipei, June 28 (CNA) No new cases of COVID-19 originating from a cluster outbreak in Pingtung featuring the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus were reported Monday, indicating that it has been contained, the Central Epidemic Control Center (CECC) said Monday.

The cluster in the southern county has led to 12 confirmed infections so far, eight of which have been determined to be caused by the Delta variant.

The CECC said, however, that the virus variant, first detected in India, was probably behind the other four confirmed cases based on the individuals' contact history, but the genome sequencing of the virus in those four cases has yet to be completed.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, said at a regular press briefing Monday that the cluster has been contained based on follow-up contact tracing and testing, but he cautioned that people could not become complacent.

He said a total of 178 people linked to the Pingtung cluster have been isolated at home and tested, and the results of their PCR tests all came back negative.

The first two people in the cluster, a woman in her 50s and her grandson who returned from Peru on June 6, have completed the mandatory procedures of home quarantine and self-health management, as have other passengers who arrived in Taiwan on the same flight.

Among 38 contacts of the grandmother and grandson, 34 have tested negative for COVID-19, three are still waiting for their test results, and one person has left the country, Chen said.

Also, the quarantine taxi drivers who drove some of the contacts home have been tested and the test results all came back negative, Chen said.

CECC data indicated that as of Sunday there were 1,500 people in Pingtung tested for COVID-19, and none had positive PCR tests.

(By Chen Chieh-ling, Chiang Hui-chun and Elizabeth Hsu)

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