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Taiwan reports 31 new COVID-19 cases, Delta cluster grows to 16 cases

ROC Central News Agency

07/05/2021 05:11 PM

 


Taipei, July 5 (CNA) Taiwan on Monday reported 31 new cases of COVID-19, including one new case in a cluster infection caused by the Delta variant of the virus in Pingtung County, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Of the new cases, 28 were domestic transmissions and three were imported. It is the lowest daily total recorded since May 14, CECC data showed.

The new case in Pingtung County brought the number of cases in the cluster in southern Taiwan to 16, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at the CECC press briefing.

The patient -- a contact of an unlicensed taxi driver in the cluster -- was in quarantine when she tested positive, meaning the risk of her having spread the disease is low, Chen said.

She tested negative for COVID-19 before beginning quarantine at a hotel, and was later transferred to a government quarantine facility, Chen said.

The patient was either infected by the taxi driver, or was infected during her transfer from the quarantine hotel to the government facility, Chen said, as she was in the same shuttle bus as another person who has also tested positive for COVID-19.

Others who were on the shuttle bus will be quarantined until July 10, Chen said.

The cluster originated with a woman and her grandson who returned to Taiwan from Peru on June 6.

 


Of the remaining domestic cases reported Monday, 15 were recorded in Taipei, five in New Taipei, three in Taoyuan, two in Miaoli County, while one each was reported in Keelung and Hsinchu County.

The CECC has identified the infection source in 16 of the patients, 11 are under investigation, and one has no apparent link to previously confirmed cases.

The three imported cases, meanwhile, involved Taiwanese nationals who recently returned from the United States, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.

The death reported Monday was a woman in her 70s, who passed away on July 3, according to the CECC.

 


To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 15,061 COVID-19 cases, over 13,600 of which are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 cases in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the country has risen to 689, with all except 12 recorded since May 15, CECC data showed.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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