CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports two new domestic COVID-19 cases, both in Taipei

09/17/2021 04:41 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) The two new domestic COVID-19 cases reported on Friday were in Taipei but their sources of infection have not yet been identified, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who led the daily press briefing, said one of the patients was a woman in her 70s who received a COVID-19 test Wednesday only because she was set to undergo surgery at a local hospital.

Her results came back positive Friday and the high CT level (38) of her test indicated she was infected a while ago, Chuang said. One person has been listed as a contact and is currently under home quarantine.

The woman had been quarantined in May after one of her colleagues at work had contracted COVID-19, but she had no symptoms and tested negative at the time, Chuang said.

The other case involved a woman in her 20s who was tested for the disease Wednesday because she was accompanying a hospital patient, and her CT level was 33.

Chuang said she had also been in quarantine in May because two of her family members and her boyfriend had tested positive for COVID-19, but her results had been negative.

Eight people have been listed as contacts, all of whom have entered home quarantine, he said.

With regard to the preschool cluster in New Taipei's Banqiao District, Chuang said there were no new cases on Friday, leaving the number of cases in the cluster at 33.

Five more people in the cluster, however, were confirmed as being infected with the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, bringing the number of Delta cases in the cluster to 28, according to the CECC.

Taiwan also reported six new imported cases on Friday, four of which involved Taiwanese nationals who recently returned from the United States, Indonesia and Malaysia, and two involving citizens of Lithuania and Indonesia, the CECC said.

The six individuals all tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport or during their mandatory 14-day quarantine, the CECC said.

The eight new cases bring the total in Taiwan to 16,123, of which 14,411 are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 COVID-19 cases in a single day.

No new deaths from the disease were recorded Friday, the CECC said. To date, 839 people have died of COVID-19 in Taiwan, including 827 since May 15.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan, Chiang Hui-chun and Ko Lin)

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