TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (Aug. 10) reported three new local COVID-19 cases, the lowest seen since May 9.
Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced eight new coronavirus cases Tuesday afternoon, including five imported infections and three local ones. He also announced one death, bringing the country's COVID death toll to 814.
The last day that saw fewer local cases nationwide was May 9, when the country announced zero local cases and one imported infection.
The four latest local cases included one man and two women between the ages of 20 and 60, with the dates of symptom onset and testing ranging from Aug. 2-7. All three were in New Taipei City.
Epidemiological investigations determined that two are from known sources and one is from an unknown source. An inquiry is ongoing to clarify the source of the infection.
Chen said that Tuesday's sole death is a woman in her 50s who had a history of chronic illness and had come in contact with a confirmed case. She sought medical treatment for a fever and difficulty breathing on June 14.
She tested positive for COVID-19 on June 15 and was hospitalized. She was diagnosed with the disease on July 17 and died on Aug. 6.
Chen pointed out that among the 14,583 cases announced between May 11 and Aug. 8, a total of 13,103, or 89.9%, have been released from quarantine.
According to Chen, the five imported cases reported on Tuesday include two men and three women between the ages of 10 and 60. They entered Taiwan from France (case No 15,899), the U.S. (case Nos. 15,900 and 15,901), Indonesia (case No. 15,904), and Switzerland (case No. 15,906) between June 28 and Aug. 8.
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 2,243,540 COVID tests, with 2,226,482 coming back negative. Out of the 15,798 confirmed cases, 1,299 were imported, 14,446 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, 814 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 806 deaths from local infections, 401 were in New Taipei; 309 in Taipei; 28 in Keelung; 24 in Taoyuan; 15 in Changhua County; 12 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.