CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports record 124 imported COVID-19 cases in one day

03/24/2022 02:52 PM
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Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung holds Monday
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung holds Monday's COVID-19 press briefing. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, March 24 (CNA) Taiwan on Thursday reported 124 new COVID-19 infections that originated overseas -- its highest number of imported cases ever in a single day -- and 15 domestic cases, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The 15 domestic cases included 13 in a new cluster at a chemical plant in Kaohsiung and two connected to a cluster involving a wedding in Chiayi City, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at a press briefing.

In all of the domestic cases, the patients had received either two or three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CECC.

Update: CECC looking into new COVID-19 cluster at Kaohsiung plant

The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of March 24, Taiwan recorded 932 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 6,738 from 2,375 on Dec. 31.
The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of March 24, Taiwan recorded 932 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 6,738 from 2,375 on Dec. 31.

Meanwhile, 124 new imported cases were recorded Thursday, the highest one-day number in Taiwan since the pandemic began, Chen said, noting that the previous record was on March 19, when 120 imported cases were reported.

Of the imported cases, 88 were travelers who tested positive on arrival in Taiwan, Chen said. The CECC did not release any information regarding the vaccination status of the imported cases.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed 22,327 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 15,535 domestically transmitted infections.

With no deaths reported Thursday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country remained at 853.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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