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Taiwan reports 121 new COVID-19 cases, including 3 domestic

ROC Central News Agency

03/20/2022 03:13 PM

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) Taiwan reported 121 new COVID-19 cases -- three domestically transmitted and 118 that originated abroad -- and no new deaths from the disease on Sunday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The three new domestic cases were residents of Taipei, Chiayi County, and Tainan, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said in a pre-recorded video.

The residents of Taipei and Chiayi County are both connected to a cluster involving a wedding held in Chiayi City on March 13, bringing the number of cases recorded in the cluster to six.

Of the six, five were guests at the wedding, while one is a relative of one of the guests, Chuang said.

The CECC is still looking into the source of the cluster, he added.

The third domestic case tested positive in quarantine, and her infection is related to a cluster of unknown origin in which the first reported case was a buffet restaurant employee in Kaohsiung.

The cluster has recorded 29 cases to date, according to Chuang.

Currently, the CECC is monitoring five domestic clusters and three individual cases, all of unknown origin, in Taiwan.

Genome sequencing conducted on patients in three clusters and one individual case found that they were infected with two different versions of the Omicron variant, CECC data shows.

Two of the domestic cases reported Sunday had received three COVID-19 vaccine shots, while the third was unvaccinated.

In addition to the three new domestic cases, the CECC also reported 118 imported cases on Sunday, including 64 travelers who tested positive on arrival in Taiwan. The CECC did not release any information regarding the vaccination status of the imported cases.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed 21,905 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 15,503 domestically transmitted infections.

With no deaths reported Sunday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country remains at 853.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)


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