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Six new COVID-19 cases reported; Yonghe testing site extends service

ROC Central News Agency

08/12/2021 06:03 PM

Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) Taiwan on Thursday reported six new cases of COVID-19 -- four transmitted domestically and two contracted overseas -- and one death from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Of the four domestic cases, three were reported in Taipei and one in New Taipei, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at a CECC press briefing.

Health authorities have identified the source of infection in two cases and are looking into the sources of the others, Chen said.

The two imported cases, meanwhile, involved an American and a British national, who recently traveled to Taiwan from the United States and Russia, respectively, Chen said.

The single death reported Thursday was a man in his 80s who passed away on Aug. 7, according to the CECC.

At a separate press briefing, New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) said that the single case reported in the city on Thursday was a Sanchong District resident, who had tested positive during quarantine.

Although the case is unrelated to a recent cluster of five infections at a residential building in Yonghe District, the city has decided to keep its testing station there open for at least two more days, Hou said.

The station at Renai Park Activity Center will remain open on Friday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m., Hou said.

As of Thursday noon, 942 people had been tested at the station, and there were two positive results, according to Hou.

The testing station was set up on Aug. 9, after three COVID-19 cases were confirmed at a residential building in Yonghe over a two-week period. Two more people in the building tested positive on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, resulting in all its residents being placed under quarantine.

Hou on Thursday encouraged people who live in the area to get tested, saying that the city has been able to reduce its daily case count from 300 to single-digit numbers because of extensive testing.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 15,820 COVID-19 cases, of which 14,298 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 817, with all but 12 of recorded since May 15, CECC data showed.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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