TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (Oct. 8) reported zero new local COVID-19 cases for the ninth day in a row and one death.
Deputy CECC chief Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥) announced 12 imported COVID cases and no local infections. He also announced one death, bringing the country's COVID death toll to 845.
Chen said the single death reported on Friday, case No. 14,970, is a woman in her 40s with a history of chronic disease and contact with other confirmed cases. She was hospitalized on June 24 for other reasons and on June 30 developed a sore throat.
Arrangements were made for her to undergo a coronavirus test on June 30. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 on July 2 and died on Sept. 28.
According to Chen, the 12 imported cases reported on Friday include seven males and five females between the ages of 10 and 60. Between Sept. 13 and Oct. 6, they entered Taiwan from the U.S. (case Nos. 16,382 and 16,385), Malaysia (case No. 16,383), the Philippines (case No. 16,384), Myanmar (case Nos. 16386, 16,387, 16,392, and 16,393), the United Kingdom (case No. 16,388), Japan (case No. 16,390), and Indonesia (case No. 16,391).
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 3,551,518 COVID tests, with 3,534,092 coming back negative. Out of the 16,283 confirmed cases, 1,648 were imported, 14,581 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, 845 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 833 deaths from local infections, 412 were in New Taipei; 319 in Taipei; 29 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 Hsinchu City, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, and Taitung County. The 12 other deaths were imported cases.