CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 13 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths

12/18/2021 02:55 PM
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CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang. Photo courtesy of the CECC
CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, Dec. 18 (CNA) Taiwan on Saturday reported 13 new cases of COVID-19, all contracted overseas, with zero deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new COVID-19 cases are made up of 10 Taiwanese and three foreign nationals, who traveled to Taiwan from Vietnam, the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Singapore, said CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥).

The new cases comprise six men and seven women between the ages of 10 to 70, Chuang said.

Four cases came from Vietnam, three from the UK, two from the U.S., and one each from Spain, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Singapore, Chuang said, adding that they arrived in Taiwan between Dec. 3 and Dec. 17.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 16,799 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, of which 14,599 are domestic infections, according to CECC data.

With no new deaths reported Saturday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities remains at 849, according to the CECC.

Meanwhile an earlier imported case of COVID-19 from the U.S. reported Thursday was confirmed to be of the Omicron variant, bringing the total number of such cases in Taiwan to five since Dec. 11.

The Omicron variant has been found in three cases from the U.S., and one each from the UK and Eswatini, according to CECC data.

(By William Yen)

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