CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 15 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths

12/17/2021 02:37 PM
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Health Minister Chen Shih-chung hosts Friday
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung hosts Friday's COVID-19 press briefing, and says seven imported case previously found among guests at quarantine hotels have been reclassified as locally acquired infections. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, Dec. 17 (CNA) Taiwan reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, all contracted overseas, and no new deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new imported cases were 10 Taiwanese and five foreign nationals, who had traveled to Taiwan from the United States, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Singapore, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, the Maldives, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand, according to the CECC.

The CECC also announced that seven previous cases deemed as "imported" have been reclassified as domestically-transmitted infections. These cases were staying at quarantine hotels in Taoyuan and Taipei.

The seven domestic cases on Friday are cases involving quarantine hotel guests who were previously listed as imported cases.
The seven domestic cases on Friday are cases involving quarantine hotel guests who were previously listed as imported cases.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 16,786 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, of which 14,435 were domestic infections reported since May 15, 2021, when the country first recorded more than 100 cases in a single day.

With no new deaths reported Saturday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities remains at 849, with all but 12 recorded since May 15.

(By Ko Lin)

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The most recent death linked to COVID-19 in Taiwan was reported on Dec. 15.
The most recent death linked to COVID-19 in Taiwan was reported on Dec. 15.

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