TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (Oct. 15) reported four imported breakthrough COVID-19 cases, half of which were vaccinated with China's Sinovac.
CECC Spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) announced four imported COVID cases and no local infections. The CECC did not announce any deaths, leaving the total COVID death toll at 846.
According to Chuang, the four imported cases reported on Friday include one male and three females between the ages of 10 and 30. Between Oct. 1-13, they entered Taiwan from Indonesia (case No. 16,432), the U.S. (case No. 16,433), the Philippines (case Nos. 16,434), and Mongolia (case No. 16,435).
Philip Lo (羅一鈞), deputy head of the CECC’s medical response division, said that all four of the imported infections are classified as breakthrough cases. A breakthrough infection is defined as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 at least 14 days after they have completed the full vaccine schedule.
Lo said that case No. 16,432, an Indonesian girl in her teens, and case No. 16,435, a Mongolian woman in her 20s, had both been fully vaccinated with Sinovac. Case No. 16,433 an American man in his 30s, and case No. 16,434, a Filipina win her 20s, had received the full regimen of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, respectively.
From July 2 to Oct. 15, Taiwan has reported 510 imported COVID cases. Of these, 145 were categorized as breakthrough infections, accounting for 28.4% of imported cases.
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 3,687,649 COVID tests, with 3,670,437 coming back negative. Out of the 16,325 confirmed cases, 1,688 were imported, 14,583 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, 846 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 834 deaths from local infections, 412 were in New Taipei, 319 in Taipei, 29 in Keelung, 27 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.