TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (Aug. 3) reported 16 new local COVID-19 cases, including two more cases tied to a cluster infection in Chiayi County.
Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) that afternoon announced 19 new coronavirus cases, including 16 local and three imported infections. He also announced two deaths, bringing the country's COVID death toll to 791.
The latest local cases include nine males and seven females between the ages of five and 70, with the dates of symptom onset and testing ranging from July 26 to Aug. 2. As for the distribution of these cases, 10 were in New Taipei City, four in Taipei City, and two in Chiayi County. Tuesday's two new cases bring the factory cluster infection in Chiayi to 13 cases.
Epidemiological investigations determined that of these, 13 are from known sources, two are from unknown sources, and one case is under investigation. Inquiries are ongoing to clarify the source of the infections.
Regarding the two deaths reported on Tuesday, case No. 7,320 was a woman in her 70s who had a history of chronic illness and came into contact with a confirmed case. The other death, case No. 14,258, was a man in his 80s who also had a history of chronic disease and came in contact with infected patients in the hospital.
Chen pointed out that among the 14,489 cases announced between May 11 and Aug. 1, 12,929, or 89.2%, have been released from quarantine.
According to Chen, the three imported cases reported on Tuesday are all men between the ages of 30 and 60. They entered the country from the Philippines, Malaysia, and Russia between July 16 to Aug. 1.
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 2,101,038 COVID-19 tests, with 2,083,962 coming back negative. Out of the 15,721 confirmed cases, 1,274 were imported, 14,394 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," two were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one was an unresolved case.
A total of 108 people have been removed as confirmed cases, while 14 cases are still under investigation. Up until now, 791 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 783 deaths from local infections, 393 were in New Taipei; 297 in Taipei; 27 in Keelung; 24 in Taoyuan; 14 in Changhua County; 11 in Hsinchu County; four in Taichung; three in Miaoli County; two each in Yilan and Hualien counties; and one each in Taitung, Yunlin, and Nantou counties and Kaohsiung. The eight other deaths were imported cases.