CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 130 new COVID-19 cases, announces tightened rules

01/22/2022 02:58 PM
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Health Minister Chen Shih-chung hosts Saturday
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung hosts Saturday's COVID-19 press briefing. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, Jan. 22 (CNA) Taiwan confirmed 130 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, consisting of 82 domestic and 48 imported cases, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), which also announced tightened disease prevention rules in response to a rise in local transmissions of the new coronavirus.

Of the new domestic cases, 14 are linked to recent infections reported in Kaohsiung City, while 63 are employees of Askey Computer Corp.'s factory near Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, and one is a former worker of the company, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said during the CECC's press briefing

The CECC classified five of the new domestic cases as breakthrough infections -- meaning people who had been fully vaccinated, while the status of the other 75 was still under investigation.

Minister of Labor Hsu Ming-chun explains her ministry
Minister of Labor Hsu Ming-chun explains her ministry's response to the rise of COVID-19 infections involving factory workers, highlighting the 1955 LINE chatbot that provide migrant workers COVID-19 information in several languages. Photo courtesy of the CECC

The Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced several measures during the CECC press briefing aimed at preventing the spread of the virus, including a ban on eating and drinking on public transport that will take effect beginning Sunday, as well as tightened rules regarding religious events and places of worship.

In addition to the domestic cases, Taiwan also reported 48 imported cases on Saturday, 24 of which were arriving passengers who tested positive upon arrival in Taiwan on Friday. The CECC did not release any information regarding the vaccination status of the imported cases.

1. More doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered in Taiwan than the government has officially received because recipients of the Moderna booster shot are given half the standard dose of the first and second jab. 2. Information about the booster dose and additional dose can be found at https://t.ly/4ZuW
1. More doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered in Taiwan than the government has officially received because recipients of the Moderna booster shot are given half the standard dose of the first and second jab. 2. Information about the booster dose and additional dose can be found at https://t.ly/4ZuW

To date, Taiwan has confirmed 18,238 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, of which 14,853 were domestic infections.

With no deaths reported on Saturday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the country remained at 851.

(By Kay Liu)

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Update

Jan. 23: COVID cluster at Taoyuan Farglory Free Trade Zone climbs to 100 cases

Jan. 23: Kaohsiung suspends visits to care facilities due to COVID outbreak

Jan. 22: Labor ministry to assist with COVID-19 testing of migrant workers

Jan. 22: COVID outbreaks in Taoyuan, Kaohsiung main threats in Taiwan: Minister

Jan. 22: Taiwan to ban food on public transport, halts large religious events

Jan. 22: Level 3 COVID-19 alert likely with widespread outbreaks: Health Minister

Jan. 22: Local governments make public COVID-19 cases' footprints

Image courtesy of the Ministry of Labor
Image courtesy of the Ministry of Labor

Recent cases

Jan. 22: Taoyuan confirms a total of 70 COVID-19 cases at tech factory

Jan. 21: Local COVID-19 cases surge to new high in latest outbreak

Jan. 20: Taiwan reports 37 new COVID-19 cases, including 13 domestic

Jan. 19: Taiwan reports 54 new COVID-19 cases, including 10 domestic

Jan. 18: Taiwan reports 17 local COVID-19 cases, with source of five unknown

Notes: the graphic does not include four cases reclassified as domestic between Jan. 3 and Jan. 6, while six of the domestic cases reported so far have been removed retroactively.
Notes: the graphic does not include four cases reclassified as domestic between Jan. 3 and Jan. 6, while six of the domestic cases reported so far have been removed retroactively.
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