TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (Sept. 10) reported two new local COVID-19 cases.
Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced seven new coronavirus cases, including five imported cases and two local ones. He also announced one death, bringing the country's COVID death toll to 839.
The two local cases reported Friday included a man in his 60s (case No. 16,173) who on Sept. 7 started to experience chest pain, mild nausea, muscle aches, and other symptoms. He sought medical attention on Wednesday (Sept. 8) and was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sept. 10.
Case No. 16,179 is a boy in his teens who had chest pain and found it painful to breathe on Wednesday. He sought medical attention the next day and was diagnosed on Friday.
Epidemiological investigations have identified a total of 51 contacts in his case. Inquiries are ongoing to clarify the source of the infection.
According to Chen, the five imported cases reported on Friday include four men and one woman between the ages of 10 and 30. Between Aug. 26 and Sept. 8, they entered Taiwan from the U.S. (case Nos. 16,174 and 16,175) Turkey (case No. 16,176), Japan (case No. 16,177), and Armenia (case No. 16,178).
Chen said the single death reported on Friday, case No. 10,387, was a man in his 70s with a history of chronic disease and contact with other confirmed cases. He had sought medical treatment for other reasons on June 3 and developed a cough and fever that same day.
He was then hospitalized and tested for the virus. He was diagnosed on June 4 and released from a hospital isolation ward on Aug. 26. However, he died on Sept. 5.
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 2,938,839 COVID tests, with 2,921,268 coming back negative. Out of the 16,069 confirmed cases, 1,452 were imported, 14,563 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three 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, 839 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 829 deaths from local infections, 411 were in New Taipei, 318 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.