TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Aug. 9) reported four new local COVID-19 cases, matching yesterday's case count, which was the lowest seen since the start of the Level 3 alert in mid-May.
Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced eight new coronavirus cases Monday afternoon, including four imported infections and four local ones. He also announced four deaths, bringing the country's COVID death toll to 813.
The last day that saw fewer local cases nationwide was May 10, when the country announced three.
The four latest local cases are all men between the ages of 30 and 50, with the dates of symptom onset and testing ranging from Aug. 7-8. As for the distribution of these cases, two were in Taipei City, one in New Taipei City, and one in Kaohsiung.
Epidemiological investigations determined that of these, one is from a known source and three are from unknown sources. Inquiries are ongoing to clarify the source of the infections.
Regarding the four deaths reported on Monday, three were male and one was female, ranging in age from 40 to 80. The dates of symptom onset and testing ranged from May 29 to July 28.
They were diagnosed between May 31 and July 29 and died between Aug. 2-8.
Chen pointed out that among the 14,576 cases announced between May 11 and Aug. 7, 13,096, or 89.8%, have been released from quarantine.
According to Chen, the four imported cases reported on Monday include three men and one woman between the ages of 20 and 40. They entered Taiwan from Malaysia (case Nos. 15,893, 15,894, and 15,895) and the U.S. (case No. 15,898) between Aug. 6-7, and all four had submitted the negative result of tests taken within three days of their flight.
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 2,221,156 COVID tests, with 2,204,067 coming back negative. Out of the 15,790 confirmed cases, 1,294 were imported, 14,443 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, 813 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 805 deaths from local infections, 401 were in New Taipei; 309 in Taipei; 28 in Keelung; 24 in Taoyuan; 15 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 County, Yunlin County, Tainan City, Nantou County, Kaohsiung City, and Pingtung County. The eight other deaths were imported cases.