CORONAVIRUS/New COVID-19 cases in Taiwan drop to lowest since mid-May

08/05/2021 04:31 PM
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Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (center) at Thursday
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (center) at Thursday's press briefing. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, Aug. 5 (CNA) Taiwan on Thursday reported six new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases, the lowest daily number since a national epidemic alert was issued in mid-May, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Of the domestic cases, four were reported in New Taipei and one each in Taipei and Taoyuan, the CECC said.

Two of the domestic cases had a known source of infection, while the other four were under investigation, it said.

Meanwhile, the CECC reported five new imported COVID-19 cases and zero deaths from the disease on Thursday.

The five imported cases involved four men and one woman in their 20s to 60s, who arrived in Taiwan between July 21 and Aug. 3, one each from Nigeria and South Africa and three from the United States, the CECC said.

The new cases bring the total in Taiwan to 15,753, of which 14,256 are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 COVID-19 cases in a single day, according to CECC data.

Between May 11 and Aug. 3, some 14,522 COVID-19 cases were reported in Taiwan, the CECC said, adding that 89.5 percent of them, or 13,001 people, have been released from isolation.

To date, 791 people have died of COVID-19 in Taiwan, including 779 since May 15.

Taiwan has received more than 9.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including 5.8 million AstraZeneca vaccines and 3.7 million Moderna.

As of Thursday, 8.16 million people in Taiwan, or 34.7 percent of the population, had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 437,270 had gotten a second shot, CECC data shows.

(By Evelyn Kao)


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