TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Aug. 23) reported four new local COVID-19 cases.
Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced six new coronavirus cases, including two imported infections and four local ones. The CECC did not announce any deaths, leaving the COVID death toll at 828.
The latest local cases include two men and two women between the ages of 20 and 70. Among these cases, two experienced an onset of symptoms on Aug. 15 and Aug. 20.
The other two cases are asymptomatic thus far. As for the distribution of these cases, all four were in New Taipei City.
Epidemiological investigations determined that of these, two are from known sources and two are from unknown sources. Inquiries are ongoing to clarify the source of the infections.
Chen pointed out that among the 14,717 cases announced between May 11 and Aug. 21, 13,601, or 92.4%, have been released from quarantine.
According to Chen, the two imported cases reported on Monday included case No. 16,037, a Russian woman in her 20s who came to Taiwan on Aug. 11 to study. On Aug. 20, she began to experience nasal congestion, among other symptoms, and was tested for the virus on Aug. 21 and diagnosed on Aug. 23.
Case No. 16,038 is a Lithuanian man in his 40s who came to Taiwan on Aug. 13 for work. He began to experience a fever, cough, and other symptoms on Aug. 21. After undergoing testing, he was confirmed to have COVID-19 on Aug. 23.
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 2,502,861 COVID tests, with 2,485,203 coming back negative. Out of the 15,932 confirmed cases, 1,373 were imported, 14,506 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, 828 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 820 deaths from local infections, 407 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, and Pingtung County. The eight other deaths were imported cases.