CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 56 new COVID-19 cases, Delta variant cluster grows to 15
Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Taiwan on Wednesday reported 56 new cases of COVID-19, including one new case in an infection cluster caused by the Delta variant of the virus in Pingtung County, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
At a press briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said that despite recent outbreaks in several cities and counties, the overall number of new cases has continued to trend downward.
Chen, who also heads the CECC, said one more person had tested positive in a cluster of Delta variant COVID-19 cases in Pingtung, bringing the total number to 15.
The new case -- a contact of an unlicensed taxi driver in the cluster -- tested positive while in quarantine, meaning the risk of him having spread the disease is low, Chen said.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 tests on over 6,000 residents in two Pingtung townships where cases have occurred, as well 392 staff and patients at a hospital being investigated as a possible site of transmission have all come back negative so far, Chen said.
Of the 56 new cases on Wednesday, all but one were domestic infections, and 27 involved people who tested positive while in quarantine.
New Taipei reported the most cases, with 23, followed by Taipei with 22.
Outside of those two cities where most of the cases have been concentrated to date, Taoyuan reported five cases, while Kaohsiung and Miaoli each reported two, and Pingtung had one.
Of the total, 31 cases had a known source of infection, while 22 were being investigated and two had unclear links to other cases, the CECC said.
The imported case was that of an Indian man in his 30s, who arrived in Taiwan on June 27 and tested positive at a government quarantine facility, the CECC said.
Meanwhile, the CECC reported five deaths on Wednesday, three men and two women in their 60s and 70s, who passed away between June 25 and June 28.
The new cases bring the total in the country to 14,804, of which more than 13,400 are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 cases in a single day.
To date, 648 people in Taiwan have died from COVID-19, including 636 since May 15.
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