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Taiwan reports 16 new COVID-19 cases; entire building quarantined

ROC Central News Agency

08/11/2021 06:14 PM

Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) Taiwan on Wednesday reported 16 new cases of COVID-19, including one in a New Taipei residential building that has now recorded five cases in the past two weeks resulting in all residents being placed under quarantine.

Of the new cases, 12 were transmitted domestically and four contracted overseas, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) press briefing.

Six of the domestic cases were recorded in New Taipei, four in Taipei and two in Keelung, Chen said.

 


At a separate press briefing on Wednesday, New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) said that one of the domestic cases in the city was the fifth reported in a residential building in Yonghe District in the past two weeks.

Prior to Monday, three residents in the building had tested positive for COVID-19 -- one infected by a relative, another by a friend, and the infection source of the third has not yet been identified -- Hou said.

Although the three cases are unrelated, the city set up a testing station in the neighborhood to help health authorities find potential chains of infection in the community, Hou said.

Two more residents in the building who live in the same apartment tested positive on Monday evening and Wednesday morning, respectively, bringing the number of COVID-19 cases reported there to five in the past two weeks, Hou said.

The remaining 230 residents in the building have all tested negative, but are still required to quarantine, either at home or at a quarantine hotel, beginning Wednesday, Hou said.

The city government will pay for the hotel stay, as well as deliver food to those in quarantine free of charge, Hou said, adding that anyone who wants to cook their own meals will receive a daily subsidy of NT$300 (US$10.6) to cover food costs.

The city will also arrange for trash pick-ups, Hou said.

Hou urged people who live near the building to get tested at a testing station at Renai Park Activity Center, which will be open from 1:30-4:00 p.m. and 5:30-8:00 p.m. daily, until Thursday.

Meanwhile, the four imported COVID-19 cases on Wednesday involved a Taiwanese national, two British nationals and an Israeli national who recently traveled to Taiwan from the Netherlands, Indonesia and the United Kingdom.

Two deaths recorded were men, one in his 70s, the other in his 90s, who passed away on July 8 and July 10, respectively.

 


To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 15,814 COVID-19 cases, of which 14,294 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 816, with all but 12 recorded since May 15, CECC data showed.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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Note: Taiwan's vaccine rollout began on March 22, first with doses from AstraZeneca, then with Moderna doses starting on June 9. More AstraZeneca doses have been administered than have been officially received because medical workers can sometimes get more than the standard 10 shots from a vial.



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