TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Aug. 5) reported six new local COVID-19 cases, the lowest single-day local case count since the start of the Level 3 alert in mid-May.
Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced 11 new coronavirus cases Thursday afternoon, including five imported infections and six local ones. The CECC did not announce any deaths, leaving the COVID death toll at 791.
The latest local cases include four men and two women between the ages of 20 and 60, with the dates of symptom onset and testing ranging from July 23 to Aug. 4. As for the distribution of these cases, four were in New Taipei City and one each in Taipei and Taoyuan.
Epidemiological investigations determined that of these, two are from known sources, three are from unknown sources, and one is under investigation. Inquiries are ongoing to clarify the source of the infections.
Chen pointed out that among the 14,522 cases announced between May 11 and Aug. 3, 13,001, or 89.5%, have been released from quarantine.
According to Chen, the five imported cases reported on Thursday include four men and one woman between the ages of 20 and 60. Their countries of departure included Nigeria (case No. 15,854), South Africa (case No. 15,855), and the U.S. (case Nos. 15858, 15859, and 15860), with their dates of arrival in Taiwan ranging from July 21 to Aug. 3.
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 2,152,917 COVID-19 tests, with 2,135,371 coming back negative. Out of the 15,753 confirmed cases, 1,280 were imported, 14,420 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.