CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 163 new COVID-19 cases, including 56 domestic

03/30/2022 03:32 PM
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Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung holds Wednesday
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung holds Wednesday's COVID-19 press briefing. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, March 30 (CNA) Taiwan reported 163 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday -- 56 domestically transmitted and 107 that originated abroad -- and no new deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Most of the new domestic cases have been linked to known clusters recently identified around Taiwan, including a cluster in Keelung involving police officers and a karaoke bar, for which 13 new cases were reported Wednesday, and a cluster linked to Datan Power Plant in Taoyuan, which saw 12 new cases Wednesday, according to the CECC.

But the sources of infections in 14 cases, which are residents of New Taipei, Taipei, Taoyuan, and Keelung, were still being investigated, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at a press briefing.

Of the domestic cases, three are children under the age of 10, who are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Taiwan; three individuals were unvaccinated; two received one dose of the Moderna vaccine; and one received a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, according to the CECC.

The vaccination status in one case was still being looked into, while the other patients had received either two or three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, the CECC said.

Update: Taiwan adds 56 local COVID-19 cases, 13 linked to Keelung cluster

The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of March 30, Taiwan recorded 1,179 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 7,319 from 2,375 on Dec. 31.
The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of March 30, Taiwan recorded 1,179 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 7,319 from 2,375 on Dec. 31.

Meanwhile, 107 new imported cases were recorded Wednesday, and 53 of them 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 23,155 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 15,782 domestically transmitted infections.

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

(By Kay Liu)

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