Taiwan reports zero domestic COVID-19 cases for 2nd time this week
ROC Central News Agency
08/27/2021 07:49 PM
Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) Taiwan reported seven new imported cases of COVID-19 on Friday and recorded no new domestic transmissions for the second time in a week, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
The seven imported cases were from Sweden, the United States, Indonesia and India, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (é™³æ™‚ä¸) said at a press briefing.
Two of the COVID-19 patients were Taiwanese nationals in their 20s and 40s who returned from Sweden and the U.S. on Aug. 13 and Aug. 24, respectively, Chen said.
The five others were citizens of Indonesia, the United Kingdom and India, who all arrived in Taiwan this week, he said.
On Friday, Taiwan reported no new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections for the second time in a week and also since mid-May, when a surge in domestic cases began.
There was, however, one new COVID-19 death -- a man in his 60s who passed away on Aug. 18, the CECC said.
To date, 833 people have died of COVID-19 in Taiwan, including 821 since May 15.
Meanwhile, Chen said that residents at long-term care homes in Taipei and New Taipei will conditionally be allowed visits by their relatives, starting Aug. 31.
The current visiting regulations, which have been in place since May, are being eased following the CECC's decision earlier this week to lower the COVID-19 risk classification for the two cities, on grounds that the domestic outbreak has been brought under control.
When the rules are relaxed from next Tuesday, people visiting their relatives in long-term care homes in Taipei and New Taipei will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three days before, Chen said.
The results could be either from a rapid antigen test or a PCR test, he said, adding that other COVID-19 protocols for visitors will remain in place.
These include booking the visits in advance, registering contact information at the entrance to the care home, and wearing a face mask at all times, Chen said.
Furthermore, no more than three visitors at a time will be allowed for each resident, he said.
(By Chang Ming-hsuan, Chen Chien-ling, Chiang Hui-chun and Ko Lin)
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