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Taiwan reports 27 local COVID cases

COVID cases tied to clusters in Taoyuan, New Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Yilan

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (Jan. 28) announced 27 local COVID cases.

CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) also confirmed 44 imported cases. The command center did not announce any deaths, leaving the COVID death toll at 851.

Local cases

Chen said the local cases include eight males and 19 females ranging from under five years old to their 60s. Of these cases, 12 were tied to three clusters in Taoyuan, seven to a real estate agent in New Taipei, four to the Port of Kaohsiung, and four to an outbreak at the Evergreen Resort in Yilan.

Imported cases

The 44 imported cases include 25 males and 19 females ranging in age from under five to their 70s. Of these, 14 tested positive upon arrival at the airport and 30 tested positive during quarantine.

Between Jan. 13 and Jan. 27, they arrived in Taiwan from the U.S. (eight cases), the Philippines (eight cases), China (five cases), Indonesia (three cases), Japan (two cases), Sweden (two cases), and Vietnam (two cases, with one case each from Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Turkey, the U.K., Austria, and Denmark. The country of origin for eight cases is still being investigated.

COVID case statistics

Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 5,613,922 COVID tests, with 5,594,976 coming back negative. Of the 18,634 confirmed cases, 3,561 were imported, 15,019 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one was unresolved.

A total of 126 people have been removed as confirmed cases, while 14 cases are still under investigation. To date, 851 individuals have succumbed to the disease.