TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (Aug. 6) reported 10 new local COVID-19 cases, a slight increase from the six reported the previous day.
Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced 12 new coronavirus cases, including 10 local and two imported infections. He also announced three deaths, bringing the country's COVID death toll to 794.
The latest local cases include five males and five females between the ages of 10 and 60, with the dates of symptom onset and testing ranging from Aug. 4-5. As for the distribution of these cases, four were in New Taipei City, three in Taipei City, and two in Chiayi County, and one in Changhua County.
Epidemiological investigations determined that of these, eight are from known sources, one is from an unknown source, and one is under investigation. Inquiries are ongoing to clarify the source of the infections.
Regarding the three deaths reported on Friday, two were males and one was a female, all of whom were in their 70s and had not been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. The dates of symptom onset and testing ranged from May 18 to June 4.
They were diagnosed between May 21 and June 6 and died between May 28 and July 21.
According to Chen, the first of the two imported cases reported on Friday include an American man in his 20s, case No. 15,868, who came to Taiwan on Aug. 4 for work. The second imported infection, case No. 15,873, is a British man in his 30s who came to Taiwan for work on Aug. 4.
Chen pointed out that among the 14,543 cases announced between May 11 and Aug. 4, 13,018, or 89.5%, have been released from quarantine.
COVID case statistics
Out of the 15,765 confirmed cases, 1,282 were imported, 14,430 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, 794 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 786 deaths from local infections, 393 were in New Taipei, 300 in Taipei, 27 in Keelung, 24 in Taoyuan, 14 in Changhua County, 11 in Hsinchu County, four in Taichung, three in Miaoli, two each in Yilan and Hualien counties, and one each in Taitung, Yunlin, and Nantou counties and Kaohsiung City. The eight other deaths were imported cases.