CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 25 new COVID-19 cases, including a factory cluster
Taipei, July 30 (CNA) Taiwan on Friday reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 -- 21 transmitted domestically and four contracted overseas -- and zero deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
Nine of the new cases reported were part of a factory cluster in Chiayi County, said Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, at its daily press briefing.
The cluster so far involves eight workers and two of their family members, a relatively sizable outbreak given the factory's small size, which indicates that the virus could have been circulating there for a while, Chen said.
Another worker, whom Chen identified as the possible source of and the 11th case in the cluster, has yet to be confirmed as COVID-19 positive.
Chen said the worker, who has been in northern Taiwan where most of Taiwan's cases have been concentrated, first tested negative but then tested positive for COVID-19 and antibodies on July 23, indicating the worker had been infected for a while.
The worker's case is still being investigated, Chen said.
In the meantime, people who may have come in contact with the confirmed cases or been exposed to the cluster were quarantined for tests, he said. Fifty have tested negative so far, and another seven are still being examined.
Of the 10 confirmed cases in the cluster, one was reported Thursday and nine were reported Friday.
A total of 21 domestic cases were reported from around Taiwan on Friday, with 14 of them men and seven women, aged from under 10 to their 80s, the CECC said.
Two of the cases have an unknown source, and one is still being investigated, Chen said.
The new imported cases, meanwhile, involved an American woman in her 20s and a Taiwanese boy under the age of 10, who both came to Taiwan from the United States on July 28.
There were also a Taiwanese woman in her 40s, who came to Taiwan from the Philippines on July 1, and a Taiwanese man in his 50s, who returned to Taiwan on July 29.
The new cases reported on Friday bring the total in the country to 15,662, of which 14,179 are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 COVID-19 cases in a single day.
With no deaths reported for three days in a row, the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the country remained at 787, with all but 12 recorded since May 15, CECC data showed.
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