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Taiwan reports seven new COVID-19 cases, lowest since mid-May

ROC Central News Agency

08/08/2021 05:27 PM

Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) Taiwan on Sunday reported seven new cases of COVID-19, the lowest single-day number of cases the country has seen since mid-May, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Sunday also marks the first time that the number of new cases recorded has fallen to a single digit since the nationwide COVID-19 alert was raised to Level 2 on May 11, CECC data showed.

Speaking at a CECC press briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the trend in case numbers continues to stabilize, and that the lower number of new cases makes it possible for health authorities to be more thorough when engaging in contact tracing.

Of the seven new cases Sunday, four were transmitted domestically and three were contracted overseas, Chen said.

Two of the domestic cases were reported in Taipei, and one each was recorded in New Taipei and Taoyuan. Three of these cases have a known source of infection, while the remainder is still under investigation, according to Chen.

 


The three imported cases, meanwhile, involved three Taiwanese nationals who returned to Taiwan on Friday from Malaysia, Turkey and the United States, according to the CECC.

The three deaths reported Sunday were two men and one woman, aged in their 60s to 80s, who passed away between July 31 and Aug. 1.

Also on Sunday, Taipei's Department of Health released a list of MRT stations that a COVID-19 patient had been to prior to testing positive on Friday.

From July 28-30 and Aug. 2-5, the patient entered Dingxi Station at 8 a.m., transferred at Guting Station and got off at Nanjing Fuxing Station at 8:20 a.m.

On Aug. 5, the patient entered Daan Station at 3:30 p.m., transferred at Dongmen Station and got off at Dingxi Station at 4:05 p.m.

The MRT stations have all been disinfected, but those who had been to the stations should still see a doctor as soon as possible if they develop symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, a distorted sense of smell, or diarrhea, the department said.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 15,782 COVID-19 cases, of which 14,275 are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 COVID-19 cases in a single day.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the country has risen to 809, with all but 12 recorded since May 15, CECC data showed.

(By Chen Yu-ting and Chiang Yi-ching)

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