TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (Aug. 27) reported no new local COVID-19 cases, matching the zero cases reported on Wednesday (Aug. 25).
Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced seven imported coronavirus cases and no local infections on Friday. The CECC announced one death, bringing the total COVID death toll to 833.
Chen said the death reported on Friday, case No. 14,879, is a man in his 60s with a history of chronic disease and exposure to a confirmed case. He was hospitalized for other reasons on March 12 and developed a fever, cough, and diarrhea on June 26.
He was tested on June 29, diagnosed with COVID-19 on June 30, and died on Aug. 18.
According to Chen, the seven imported cases reported Friday include three men and four women between the ages of 20 and 40. Between Aug. 13 and 25, they entered Taiwan from Sweden (case No. 16,058), the U.S. (case No. 16,059), and Indonesia (case Nos. 16,060, 16,061, and 16,062).
Chen pointed out that among the 14,740 cases announced between May 11 and Aug. 25, 13,669 or 92.7%, have been released from quarantine.
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 2,596,704 COVID tests, with 2,579,632 coming back negative. Out of the 15,954 confirmed cases, 1,392 were imported, 14,509 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, 833 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 825 deaths from local infections, 410 were in New Taipei, 315 in Taipei, 28 in Keelung, 26 in Taoyuan, 15 in Changhua County, 13 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.