CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan adds 18 new domestic COVID-19 cases; no deaths reported

07/28/2021 08:24 PM
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(Taiwan raised the COVID-19 alert to Level 2 on May 11, then to Level 3 on May 19. The alert was lowered to Level 2 on July 27.)
(Taiwan raised the COVID-19 alert to Level 2 on May 11, then to Level 3 on May 19. The alert was lowered to Level 2 on July 27.)

Taipei, July 28 (CNA) Taiwan on Wednesday reported 20 new cases of COVID-19, all but two of which were domestic infections, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Among the new domestic cases, eight were reported in New Taipei, six in Taipei, three in Taoyuan, and one in Kaohsiung, the CECC said.

At a regular press briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, said the COVID-19 situation remained under control in Taiwan, as the average daily number of new domestic cases had dropped to around 20 in recent days.

The new infections reported Wednesday involved people aged 10 to over 90, and the infected patients began developing COVID-19 symptoms July 12-27, Chen said.

The source of infection in 16 of the cases has been identified, while two cases are still being investigated, according to Chen.

The new cases brought the total in the country to 15,619, of which 14,142 are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 COVID-19 cases in a single day.

No COVID-19 deaths were reported in Taiwan, which meant that the overall death toll remained at 787, including 775 since May 15.

Also on Wednesday, Taiwan confirmed two imported COVID-19 cases, one of which involved a Taiwanese man who had been living and working in Indonesia, the CECC said.

The man, in his 60s, tested positive for the virus on July 17 in Indonesia, and he returned to Taiwan on medical charter flight on July 27, the CECC said.

The other imported case involved a Taiwanese woman in her 30s, who returned to Taiwan on July 26 with a valid negative COVID-19 test result and tested positive for the virus while in quarantine, the CECC said.

Meanwhile, Chen said that with the rollout of a domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine in Taiwan, people are urged to register via the government's online system, which allows them to indicate their vaccine preferences and make appointments to get their shots.

The new domestically made vaccine, produced by Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp., obtained emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration on July 19, and the company is expected to deliver the first doses in August, according to Chen.

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Note: Taiwan's vaccine rollout began on March 22, first with doses from AstraZeneca, then the Moderna ones on June 9.

One of the CECC's goals is to ensure that at least 60 percent Taiwan's population has received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of October, he said.

Currently, only the AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines are being administered in Taiwan.

To date, more than 7 million people in Taiwan have received a first COVID-19 vaccine shot, which translates into 29.7 percent of the population, while 288,033 people, or 1.2 percent, have obtained the two doses needed to be fully vaccinated, CECC data shows.

(By Teng Pei-ju)

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