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Taiwan reports 5 new COVID-19 cases and 1 uncounted death

ROC Central News Agency

09/02/2021 05:43 PM

Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday said Taiwan saw five new COVID-19 cases and one death from the disease involving a man in his 60s who died in late June but had not previously been included in the fatality.

Of the five new cases, one was transmitted domestically and four contracted overseas, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at the CECC press briefing.

The sole domestic case is a man in his 30s who tested positive for COVID-19 at a Taipei hospital, Chen said, noting that the local health authorities are now looking into the source of his infection.

Of the four new imported cases, two involved Taiwanese nationals who recently returned from the United States, the health minister said, while the two others were citizens of Russia and South Africa.

According to the CECC, the four people all tested positive for COVID-19 during their mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The new cases bring the total in Taiwan to 16,006, of which 14,365 are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 COVID-19 cases in a single day.

Meanwhile, the one death reported Thursday was a man in his 60s who sought treatment on May 27 after developing a sore throat and cough on May 21 and was diagnosed with the disease on June 3, Chen said.

Prior to his illness, the man was found to have visited Taipei's Wanhua District, a hotspot for COVID-19 transmissions in May, Chen added.

The victim passed away on June 27, but the hospital that cared for him failed to denote his death as COVID-19-related, a major oversight which meant the Taipei health authorities did not report the case to the CECC, he explained.

To date, 837 people have died of COVID-19 in Taiwan, including 825 since May 15.

In separate news, Taiwan has also started allowing the conditional reopening of all indoor and outdoor sports centers in the country, including showers, saunas and children's pools, as announced by the Sports Administration on Wednesday.

The CECC said shower facilities at such venues must be periodically disinfected and every other shower cubicle kept empty, with the showers being used and those empty rotated at regular intervals.

Swimmers are required to wear a face mask when they are not in the pool, it added.

Meanwhile, saunas and steam rooms will remain closed to the public due to their lack of ventilation.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin)


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