TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (Aug. 20) reported six new local COVID-19 cases, an uptick from the single case reported on Thursday (Aug. 19).
Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced nine new coronavirus cases on Friday, including three imported infections and six local cases. The CECC announced one death, bringing the COVID death toll to 827.
The latest local cases include four males and two females between the ages of five and 60, with three experiencing the onset of symptoms on Aug. 18, while the other three are asymptomatic. As for the distribution of these cases, three were in New Taipei City, two in Taipei City, and one in Changhua County.
Epidemiological investigations determined that of these, two are from known sources, two cases are from unknown sources, and two are under investigation. Inquiries are ongoing to clarify the source of the infections.
Chen said that Friday's sole death, case No. 15,492, was a man in his 60s with a history of chronic disease and contact with a confirmed case. He experienced a cough on July 9 and was sent to a hospital on July 16 after he developed a fever and lost consciousness.
He was diagnosed with COVID-19 on July 17 and died on Aug. 18.
Chen pointed out that among the 14,692 cases announced between May 11 and Aug. 18, 13,550, or 92.2%, have been released from quarantine.
According to Chen, the three imported cases reported on Thursday include two men and one woman between the ages of 20 and 40. Between Aug. 6-17, they entered Taiwan from Romania (case No. 16,011), Bangladesh (case No. 16,012), and the U.K. (case No. 16,013).
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 2,450,350 COVID tests, with 2,433,271 coming back negative. Out of the 15,906 confirmed cases, 1,359 were imported, 14,494 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 110 people have been removed as confirmed cases, while 14 cases are still under investigation. Up until now, 827 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 819 deaths from local infections, 406 were in New Taipei, 314 in Taipei, 28 in Keelung, 26 in Taoyuan, 15 in Changhua County, 12 in Hsinchu County, five 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.