CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan cluster infection leads to four new cases; one of which died

01/30/2021 02:55 PM
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Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung, who heads the CECC. Photo courtesy of CECC.
Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung, who heads the CECC. Photo courtesy of CECC.

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Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) Taiwan reported four more domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases linked to a recent cluster infection in Taoyuan General Hospital on Saturday, including one death, bringing the total number of cases related to the cluster to 19, according to health authorities.

Three of the newly confirmed domestic cases are family members of an infected nurse at the hospital, and one of the three -- a woman in her 80s -- has died, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said in a statement.

The woman is the first COVID-19 patient to have died in Taiwan since May 11, 2020, according to the CECC.

The fourth case involves an individual who had contact with an inpatient at the hospital confirmed to be infected with the virus on Jan. 24.

The COVID-19 cluster infection was first reported on Jan. 12 at the hospital in northern Taiwan. It marked the first time a doctor has been infected in Taiwan since the pandemic began.

Data source: the CECC
Data source: the CECC

Despite the recent cluster infection, experts have said the situation is under control. Quick isolation and quarantine, as well as efficient contact tracing, the cancellation of large-scale events and heightened public alertness have helped prevent the infections from spreading widely into the community.

Besides the doctors, nurses, patients and a migrant caretaker in the cluster, all the others infected are their family members.

In addition to the domestic cases, Taiwan on Saturday reported six new imported cases of COVID-19 arriving from Indonesia, Czech Republic and Brazil, CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has reported 909 cases of COVID-19, of which 795 have been classified as imported. Of the total, eight patients have died, 823 have recovered and 78 remain in hospitals receiving treatment, according to CECC.

(By Chung Yu-chen)

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