CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan sees single-digit COVID-19 case numbers for third straight day
Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) Taiwan on Tuesday reported eight new cases of COVID-19, marking the third consecutive day of a single-digit case count, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
Three of the new cases were domestically transmitted -- the lowest single-day number since mid-May -- and five were contracted overseas, CECC data showed.
The three domestic cases were all in New Taipei, with the source of infection identified in two cases, while the third was under investigation, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at a CECC press briefing.
He said it was the first time in recent months that all of the new domestic COVID-19 cases were reported in just one city.
Given the rapid drop in the number of new cases and the speed at which health authorities have been able to identify the sources of infection, it would be safe to say that the COVID-19 situation in Taiwan is "under control," Chen said.
The five new imported cases, meanwhile, involved five Taiwanese nationals who recently returned from the United States, France, Indonesia and Switzerland, the CECC said.
The single death reported Tuesday was a woman in her 50s who passed away on Aug. 6, according to the CECC.
To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 15,798 COVID-19 cases, of which 14,282 are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 COVID-19 cases in a single day.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the country has risen to 814, with all but 12 recorded since May 15, CECC data showed.
Also on Tuesday, New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) said a COVID-19 testing station has been set up in the city's Yonghe District to encourage residents to get tested, as three cases have been confirmed in a village there over the past two weeks.
The station at Renai Park Activity Center will be open Aug. 10-12, from 1:30-4 p.m. and 5:30-8 p.m. daily, according to the New Taipei Department of Health.
The three COVID-19 cases were not linked to each other, and only one of them had an unknown source of infection, the department said.
The testing station, however, is aimed at helping health authorities find potential chains of infection in the community, it said.
Also on Tuesday, Taipei's Department of Health released a list of places in the city that two COVID-19 patients had visited before they were confirmed last Sunday to have contracted the disease.
According to the list, one of the patients dined at La Pasta restaurant in Tianmu from 1:20-2:20 p.m. on Aug. 5 and went the next day to a breakfast shop called Chien Jen, opposite Mingde Junior High School in the same area, from 9:50-10:30 a.m.
The other patient stayed at the United Hotel on Guangfu South Road in Daan District from 4:30 a.m.-7 a.m. on Aug. 4, the list showed.
The three locations have all been disinfected, but people who were at those places around the same time as the two patients should see a doctor immediately if they they develop COVID-19 symptoms such as a fever, a distorted sense of smell, or diarrhea, the department said.
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