TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan confirmed no new local COVID-19 cases, no deaths, and one imported case Saturday (Sept. 4), according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
The new figures followed fears over the delta variant after the son of an EVA Air pilot was confirmed as a COVID case Friday (Sept. 3), leading to the closure of his school for 14 days and tests for 2,855 teachers, fellow students, and airline staff. All tests turned out negative, reports said Saturday.
Individuals who were in contact with the pilot or visited the same locations between Aug. 13 and Sept. 2 will receive a warning text message asking them to monitor their health and seek medical advice if the coronavirus is known to have spread, the CECC said. A COVID-positive pilot reportedly had a meal with friends at a restaurant in the Miaoli County town of Zaoqiao, while another pilot and his wife visited a massage parlor in Kaohsiung, according to media reports.
The only new imported case Saturday was an American man in his 30s who had been vaccinated. He arrived from the United States for work on Sept. 1. He was asymptomatic, but 29 people from the same flight have been asked to quarantine, the CECC said.
Of the 14,807 cases confirmed between May 11 and Sept. 2, 13,745 had been released from quarantine, or 92.8%, according to the latest CECC statement.
Taiwan’s latest total number of 16,013 coronavirus cases included 14,531 domestic cases, 1,429 imported ones, and 837 deaths. Of the fatalities, 825 were the result of local infections, with New Taipei City registering 410 deaths and Taipei 317.
A total of 36 COVID cases originated from the Taiwan Navy’s "Goodwill Fleet" last year, two were infected onboard a flight, one case was classified as unresolved, and 14 cases are under investigation. A total of 110 earlier cases have been removed from the list of confirmed cases.