CORONAVIRUS/Kaohsiung reports first COVID-19 death
Kaohsiung, June 15 (CNA) The southern city of Kaohsiung has recorded its first COVID-19 death since the disease reached Taiwan early last year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.
The patient, identified as case No. 2069, was a man in his 60s, who passed away Sunday. On May 8, he had visited Taipei's Wanhua District (萬華區), the epicenter of the domestic coronavirus outbreak, according to the CECC.
After returning to Kaohsiung, the man developed a sore throat and abnormal sense of smell on May 10, but he remained on the job as an administrator at Renhui Women's and Children's Hospital in the city's Fengshan District, the CECC said.
He also spent about 10 hours at a small illegal casino in Fengshan on May 12, and he was admitted to the hospital where he worked on May 17, the CECC said.
The man was confirmed the next day to have contracted the disease and was believed to have infected at least one nurse at the hospital before his death on June 13, as he had continued to work after he developed COVID-19 symptoms, according to the CECC.
In an effort to contain further spread of the disease, Kaohsiung health authorities later moved all the Renhui patients to other hospitals and initially tested some 327 people who had been identified as contacts in the case, the CECC said. The nurse was the only one who tested positive in that group, it said.
Another 700 people were later tested, after it was disclosed that the man had visited the casino in Fengshan, and 16 of them were found to be infected with the disease, the CECC said.
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) had threatened to fine the man NT$ 300,000 for withholding crucial information about his movements, which Chen said had compromised the city's disease prevention measures.
On Tuesday, however, the city government said the fine will be dropped because the patient had died.
To date, Kaohsiung has recorded 62 COVID-19 cases and one death.
- Taiwan reports six new COVID-19 cases; some department stores closedTaiwan reported six new COVID-19 cases on Monday, one of which led to the temporary shutdown of two department stores and a movie theater in Taipei, according to the Central ...09/20/2021 06:22 PM
- Taiwan reports six new COVID-19 cases, zero deathsTaiwan reported six new COVID-19 cases -- two transmitted domestically and four contracted overseas -- and no deaths from the disease on Monday, according to the Central Epidemic ...09/20/2021 02:38 PM
- CECC advises against strenuous exercise after getting Pfizer-BioNTech jabTaiwan will begin administering the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) COVID-19 vaccine to high school students on Wednesday, and the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has advised that ...09/19/2021 07:34 PM
French senators to visit Taiwan despite Beijing's opposition: report09/20/2021 09:57 PM
Weiwuying arts center celebrates International Day of Consultations09/20/2021 09:06 PM
Greenpeace calls on Taiwan to draft legislation to protect ocean09/20/2021 08:49 PM
In talk with PM candidate, Tsai hopes for closer ties with Japan09/20/2021 08:40 PM
Stock turnover could grow after long weekend if U.S. concerns fade09/20/2021 08:33 PM