Taiwan reports 10 new domestic COVID-19 cases, extends Level 2 alert
ROC Central News Agency
08/06/2021 06:44 PM
Taipei, Aug. 6 (CNA) Taiwan on Friday reported 12 new cases of COVID-19, all but two of which were domestic infections, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
Among the new domestic cases, four were reported in New Taipei, three were recorded in Taipei, two were registered in Chiayi County, and Changhua County confirmed one case, the CECC said.
Eight of the cases had a known source of infection, while the other two were under investigation, it said.
Speaking at a CECC press briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (é™³æ™‚ä¸) said the country's Level 2 COVID-19 alert, which expires on Aug. 9, would be extended to Aug. 23.
Even though the COVID-19 outbreak that emerged in May has been brought under control, the CECC needs more time to gauge the situation, said Chen, who also heads the CECC.
Meanwhile, the CECC reported two new imported COVID-19 cases and three deaths from the disease on Friday.
The imported cases involved an American man in his 20s and a British man in his 30s, the CECC said. Both of them came to Taiwan on Aug. 4 for their job with a valid negative COVID-19 test result, it said.
The three deaths involved two men and one woman in their 70s, and they succumbed to the disease between May 28 and July 21, the CECC said.
According to CECC official Lo Yi-chun (ç¾…ä¸€éˆž), the infected woman died on May 28 in her sleep at home, 10 days after testing positive for the virus.
The CECC, however, was unable to confirm that her death was from COVID-19 until it received her death certificate issued by the district prosecutors office earlier this week, said Lo, who is also a deputy chief of the Centers for Disease Control.
Usually when a person dies, their death certificate will be issued by the hospital or health agency. If they are suspected of having died of "unnatural causes," however, prosecutors will then perform an examination according to the law and issue the certificate afterwards.
The same process has been applied to many COVID-19 patients who died outside the hospital, including the woman, whose infections were confirmed prior to their deaths, according to the CECC.
The new cases bring the total in the country to 15,765, of which 14,266 are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 COVID-19 cases in a single day.
To date, 794 people have died of COVID-19 in Taiwan, including 782 since May 15.
As of Friday, Taiwan had received about 9.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by AstraZeneca and Moderna, 8.8 million of which had been administered across the country, CECC data shows.
Note: Taiwan's vaccine rollout began on March 22, first with doses from AstraZeneca, then the Moderna ones on June 9.
To date, 8.4 million people, or 35.8 percent of the population, in Taiwan have received their first vaccine shot, while 456,869 people, or 1.94 percent, have obtained two jabs needed to be fully vaccinated, the data showed.
(By Teng Pei-ju)
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