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Taiwan reports six new COVID-19 cases, including kindergarten teacher

ROC Central News Agency

09/05/2021 06:00 PM

Taipei, Sept. 5 (CNA) Taiwan on Sunday reported six new COVID-19 cases, including a kindergarten teacher who lives in New Taipei, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Of the new cases, two were transmitted domestically and four contracted the disease overseas.

The two domestic cases are a husband and wife who live in Tucheng District, New Taipei. The husband developed a cough, fever, headache and fatigue on Sept. 1, and tested positive for COVID-19 at a hospital on Saturday.

His wife, who works as a kindergarten teacher, tested positive on Sunday morning. She had previously received one dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, according to the New Taipei Department of Health.

The kindergarten's 42 students and 10 other employees have been asked to quarantine, and the school will remain closed for two weeks. The city department is still looking into how the couple became infected with the disease, it said.

 


The four imported cases reported Sunday were a Taiwanese national and three foreign nationals who recently traveled to Taiwan from the United States, Serbia, Burkina Faso and Japan.

Speaking at the daily CECC press briefing, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said that there were no new cases linked to EVA Airways, one of Taiwan's major carriers, on Sunday.

Over the past two weeks, three cargo pilots at the airline and the son of one pilot have tested positive for the disease.

The first of the four cases, involving one of the pilots, was announced by the CECC on Aug. 28. Genome sequencing results have shown that he was infected with the Delta variant of the virus, though all of his 26 contacts in Taiwan have tested negative for the disease.

The remaining three cases -- involving two pilots who had flown to Australia together and the son of one of them -- were confirmed on Sept. 3.

Chen said Sunday that of the 315 contacts of the two pilots, 269 had tested negative for COVID-19 and the results of 45 others were still being processed. The only positive test result was the pilot's son.

The son is a student at the Affiliated Taoyuan Agricultural and Industrial Senior High School of National Taipei University of Technology, and 2,880 potential contacts of his have all tested negative for COVID-19, Chen said.

The genome sequencing results of the three patients is likely to come out on Monday, CECC official Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) said at the same briefing.

 


To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 16,019 COVID-19 cases, of which 14,369 are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 cases in a single day.

With no new deaths reported Sunday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the country remained at 837, with all but 12 recorded since May 15, CECC data showed.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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