CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 5 new imported COVID-19 cases, no deaths

11/24/2021 04:00 PM
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Health Minister Chen Shih-chung hosts Wednesday
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung hosts Wednesday's COVID-19 press briefing. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, Nov. 24 (CNA) Taiwan reported five new imported cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths from the disease on Wednesday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The five new cases are three Taiwanese women in their 20s to 60s, a British man in his 50s, and an Indonesian teenage girl. They arrived in Taiwan between Nov. 10 and Nov. 21, according to the CECC.

The three Taiwanese women tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Taiwan -- two from the United States, and one from Singapore -- while the British man, who had traveled from the U.S., and the Indonesian teenager, who had arrived from her home country, had positive tests while in quarantine, the CECC said.

The CECC listed all five patients as breakthrough infections, as all of them had been fully vaccinated, with one of the Taiwanese women already having received two AstraZeneca shots and two Pfizer-BioNTech shots, and another Taiwanese having gotten three Pfizer-BioNTech jabs.

With Wednesday's five new cases, Taiwan has now recorded a total of 1,900 imported cases since early 2020, CECC data showed.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 16,544 COVID-19 cases, of which 14,426 were domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 cases in a single day.

There have only been 123 domestic cases since Aug. 15, as daily domestic case numbers have fallen to mostly single digits or zero since then, and in November, only one domestic case has been reported -- on Nov. 4 -- according to CECC data.

With no new deaths reported Wednesday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country remains at 848, with all but 12 recorded since May 15.

(By Kay Liu)

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