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Taiwan reports 21 new COVID-19 cases, majority in New Taipei

ROC Central News Agency

08/04/2021 05:57 PM

 


Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) Taiwan on Wednesday reported 21 new cases of COVID-19, the majority of which are part of two clusters in New Taipei, and zero deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

All except one of the 21 new cases were domestic infections, with 14 reported in New Taipei, five in Taipei, and one in Taoyuan, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at the CECC's daily press briefing.

The relatively high caseload in New Taipei was driven by two infection clusters, Chen said, adding that in most of the new cases, the patients were already in quarantine when they tested positive.

At a separate press briefing, New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) said that eight of Wednesday's cases in the city involved a family cluster in Xinzhuang District, while five were patients at a hospital in Banqiao. The other case was unrelated, he said.

Hou said all except one of the 14 patients in New Taipei had tested positive while in quarantine.

Meanwhile, Chen confirmed that one person in the family cluster worked at Mega City department store on Zhongshan Road in Banqiao, which had closed earlier in the day for disinfection.

Sixteen of the total domestic cases on Wednesday had a known source of infection, while the other four were under investigation, the CECC said.

 


The one imported case was a Japanese citizen under the age of 20, who arrived in Taiwan on Monday to attend school, the CECC said. The COVID-19 test that was done at the airport came back positive Wednesday, the CECC said, adding that the student has been in quarantine since her arrival in Taiwan.

Taiwan began testing all arriving travelers for COVID-19 on July 2, shortly after it suspended the option of doing the required 14-day quarantine at home, amid heightened fears over the spread of the Delta variant.

The new cases on Wednesday bring the total number in Taiwan to 15,742, of which 14,250 are domestic infections recorded since May 15, when the country first reported more than 100 COVID-19 cases in a single day.

 


The number of deaths from COVID-19 in Taiwan remains at 791, including 779 since May 15, CECC data shows.

(By Chen Chieh-ling, Chiang Hui-chun and Matthew Mazzetta)

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Note: Taiwan's vaccine rollout began on March 22, first with doses from AstraZeneca, then the Moderna ones on June 9.



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