CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 7 new domestic COVID-19 cases

05/11/2021 04:10 PM
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Health Minister Chen Shih-chung shows lists of places in New Taipei and Yilan visited by two of the new domestic cases confirmed on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the CECC
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung shows lists of places in New Taipei and Yilan visited by two of the new domestic cases confirmed on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, May 11 (CNA) Taiwan on Tuesday reported seven domestic COVID-19 cases, including one linked to the China Airlines (CAL) and Novotel airport hotel cluster in Taoyuan and six others with unconfirmed infection sources, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Five of the six cases with unknown sources were linked to an arcade in Yilan County, the CECC said.

According to the CECC, one of the seven cases is a Taiwanese woman in her 40s, a family member of a Taiwanese man in his 40s who is a CAL pilot and was confirmed with the disease Monday.

The woman has not traveled abroad recently and had no symptoms but had been under home isolation since May 5 after being identified as a contact of the CAL pilot who was in the United States from April 20 to April 22.

One other case was a woman in her 30s who works at an arcade in Yilan who developed symptoms May 9 and tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday.

Health authorities traced 35 people who may have come into contact with her, placed them in quarantine and arranged COVID-19 tests for them.

As of Tuesday, four have tested positive for the virus, while 17 tested negative, and the results of 10 other tests are not yet available.

The five cases related to the arcade had no recent overseas travel history and the authorities are still investigating the infection source.

In response to the cluster infection, the arcade has suspended operations and all employees have been placed under home isolation and tested for COVID-19. Meanwhile, the premises have been disinfected and cleaned.

The other case is a man in his 60s who did not travel abroad and developed chills, fatigue and coughing symptoms on May 7.

The man sought medical attention at a hospital on May 9 due to a fever and tested positive Tuesday. The source of his infection is still unknown, according to the CECC, which provided no further details on the case.

Meanwhile, Taiwan reported four imported COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, all from India.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 1,210 cases of COVID-19, 1,052 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 1,093 have recovered, 12 have died, and 105 are in the hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Tuesday.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 158.4 million people in 193 countries and regions, with more than 3.3 million fatalities, CECC figures show.

(By Evelyn Kao)

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