TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Sept. 13) reported two new local COVID-19 cases.
Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced five new coronavirus cases, including three imported and two local. The CECC did not announce any deaths, leaving the COVID death toll at 839.
The two local cases reported Monday include a woman in her 50s (case No. 16,199) whose husband (case No. 16,197) is a coworker of a confirmed case in the kindergarten Delta cluster infection. On Sept. 11, she was identified as a contact of the infected case, underwent testing, and began to experience an itchy throat that same day.
She was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sept. 13, and 23 people have been listed as contacts and entered quarantine.
Case No. 16,203 is a woman in her 60s who had entered home isolation after being identified as a contact of case No. 16,179, a Taipei middle school student who was found to have the Alpha variant of the virus. She was tested for the virus on Sept. 11 and diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sept. 13.
According to Chen, the three imported cases reported on Monday include two males and one female in their 20s. Between Aug. 29 and Sept. 10, they entered Taiwan from the U.S. (case Nos. 16,200 and 16,201) and Japan (case No. 16,202).
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 3,005,313 COVID tests, with 2,988,645 coming back negative. Out of the 16,093 confirmed cases, 1,471 were imported, 14,568 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.