TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (Sept. 3) reported two new local COVID-19 cases.
Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced six new coronavirus cases Friday afternoon, including four imported infections and two local cases. The CECC did not announce any deaths, leaving the total COVID death toll at 837.
The two local cases reported on Friday include, case No. 16,121, a Taiwanese woman in her 50s who had a cough, runny nose, fever, diarrhea, and loss of the sense of taste from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1. When her symptoms failed to improve after a number of doctor's visits, she underwent a coronavirus test on Sept. 2 and tested positive for COVID-19 with Ct value of 25 on Sept. 3.
Case No. 16,122 is a Taiwanese boy in his teens who had symptoms of heatstroke on Aug. 30. He experienced a sore throat on Sept. 1 and his family member, case No. 16,120, tested positive for the virus on Sept. 2.
The health department arranged for him to be tested for the disease and he tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 3 with a Ct value of 11.
Chen pointed out that among the 14,802 cases announced between May 11 and Sept. 1, 13,728, or 92.7%, have been released from quarantine.
According to Chen, the four imported cases reported on Friday include two men and two women between the ages of 30 and 50. Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, they arrived in Taiwan from the U.S. (case Nos. 16,117 and 16120), Thailand (case No. 16,118), and Australia (case No. 16,119).
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 2,756,726 COVID tests, with 2,739,013 coming back negative. Out of the 16,012 confirmed cases, 1,428 were imported, 14,531 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, 837 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 827 deaths from local infections, 410 were in New Taipei, 317 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 10 other deaths were imported cases.