CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 11 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths

10/11/2021 03:50 PM
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CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang. Photo courtesy of the CECC
CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) Taiwan reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 -- one contracted locally and the other 10 overseas -- and zero deaths from the disease Monday.

The only domestic case involved a female kindergarten worker in her 40s, who was confirmed Monday as having contracted the coronavirus after seeing a doctor for other reasons on Oct. 9, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

As the woman had developed a cough in late May and was found to have a high Ct value (indicating a relatively low viral load), she likely contracted COVID-19 a while ago, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a news briefing.

Sixty-seven of 98 people who came in contact with her are being required to quarantine at home, he said, and the CECC will continue to investigate the source of the infection.

The imported cases involved five men and five women between the ages of 10 and 60, according to the CECC.

Three of them traveled to Taiwan from Indonesia, two arrived from the United States, Mongolia and the Philippines, and one came from Singapore.

They all entered Taiwan between Sept. 26 and Oct. 9, and had presented proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within three days before their flight to Taiwan.

Taiwan has confirmed a total of 16,305 COVID-19 cases, of which 14,419 are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded double-digit cases in a single day.

Since Aug. 15, however, the daily number of domestic cases has fallen to mostly single digits, totaling 115 since then. Taiwan has reported only two domestically transmitted cases in October so far, according to CECC data.

With no new deaths reported Monday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 death tolls in Taiwan remained at 846 since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, CECC data showed.

(By Flor Wang)

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