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10 domestic COVID-19 cases part of same-family cluster: CECC

ROC Central News Agency

08/29/2021 07:10 PM

Taipei, Aug. 29 (CNA) Taiwan on Sunday reported 23 new COVID-19 cases -- 13 of them transmitted domestically -- according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), the first time double-digit domestic cases were reported in one day in nearly three weeks.

The last time that occurred was on Aug. 11, when 12 domestic cases were reported.

Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the cases posed little threat to the community, however, as 10 of the 13 cases were part of a family cluster who tested positive in quarantine.

The confirmed cases in the cluster ranged in age from 2 to in their 50s, he said.

Of the 13 domestically transmitted cases, 11 were reported in New Taipei and two were reported in Taipei, the CECC said.

 


New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) said at a separate press event that among the 11 cases in his city, 10 were part of a family cluster in Sanxia District.

The source of the cluster infection was identified as a man who tested positive for COVID-19 when he visited a New Taipei hospital to get an endoscopy on Aug. 27.

Nine of his family members later tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Hou. All of them had relatively high CT levels (above 29), indicating they were infected a while ago and are not considered to be contagious, the mayor said.

The other case in New Taipei was a woman working in the Mega City Department Store in Banqiao District, Hou said.

She was feeling unwell and got a test on Aug. 27, and the results came back positive for COVID-19 a day later.

Health authorities are looking into the source of her infection.

The department store in question has been closed since Saturday to disinfect the premises.

All 1,323 people working in the store have tested negative for COVID-19, according to Hou, and local health authorities are now double checking their test results before allowing the store to reopen for business, he said.

Meanwhile, Sunday's imported cases involved 10 Taiwanese nationals, who returned to the country from China, Cambodia, the United States, Myanmar, Pakistan and Vietnam, according to the CECC.

Among the 10, four of them were fully vaccinated with China's Sinovac, U.S. Johnson & Johnson, India's Covaxin and China's Zhifei Longcom COVID-19 vaccines. Two others had one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.

CECC official Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) said Zhifei Longcom is an adjuvanted protein subunit COVID-19 vaccine developed by Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical Co. and requires three shots to create enough protection against the coronavirus.

Also, a new death was reported Sunday, a Filipino in his 60s, who passed away on Aug. 27 after he arrived in Taiwan earlier in the day, the CECC said.

 


Chen identified the Filipino as the captain of a Panama-registered cargo vessel KAMO.

The vessel docked at Taichung Harbor on Aug. 25 before it departed for Japan on Aug. 26.

Its captain developed a fever on Aug. 26, however, and the ship was permitted to dock at the Port of Taipei on Aug. 27 to get the captain treated.

He was sent to New Taipei's Mackay Memorial Hospital in Tamsui and tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving there. He was pronounced dead not long afterwards, according to the CECC.

None of the crew members left the vessel when it docked in Taichung and New Taipei, and all 25 people in Taiwan who boarded the vessel and had contact with the deceased have been screened for COVID-19 and have been asked to monitor their health or be quarantined at home, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 15,983 COVID-19 cases, with 834 deaths since the outbreak was first reported in the country in early 2020.

(By Chen Chieh-ling, Chiang Hui-chung, Wang Hong-kuo and Joseph Yeh)

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