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Taoyuan military hospital cluster grows to 45 cases

ROC Central News Agency

07/07/2021 08:23 PM

Taoyuan, July 7 (CNA) Taoyuan recorded 11 domestic COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, five of which are considered part of a cluster infection linked to Taoyuan Armed Forces General Hospital, increasing the number of cases connected to the cluster to 45, the city government announced that day.

The addition of 11 cases brought the total number of COVID-19 cases in the northern city to 848 since the outbreak first started in Taiwan in early 2020, it said. As of Wednesday, 262 people in Taoyuan are still in home quarantine.

In a Facebook live stream, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) said among the 11 new cases, eight tested positive after screenings before the conclusion of their 14-day quarantine.

One of 11 was tested for coronavirus after developing related symptoms while in home quarantine.

The other two cases are patients in two Taipei hospitals who live in Taoyuan, said Wang Wen-yen (王文彥), head of the city's Department of Public Health, during the same live stream session.

As the number of cases linked to Taoyuan Armed Forces General Hospital continues to climb, Wang said it is uncertain whether the hospital will be able to resume its provision of services on July 10 as originally scheduled.

The decision will be made after the city government consults with the central health authorities, he added.

The Taoyuan hospital has suspended inpatient and outpatient services, and stopped taking emergency admissions and giving vaccine shots since June 26, amid a growing cluster of COVID-19 cases linked to the hospital.

The hospital announced its first suspension of major services from June 20-22 following a first wave of four patients and five caregivers.

As the cluster grew, that suspension was extended to June 24, and the hospital restarted operations on June 25 only to shut down a day later, as confirmed cases continued to rise.

(By Yeh Chen and Joseph Yeh)

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