TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (Dec. 17) announced seven local COVID-19 cases.
CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the center had changed seven imported cases from the previous day to local cases. It also announced 15 new imported cases for Friday.
Chen said that seven cases from cluster infections in two different epidemic prevention hotels have been reclassified from imported cases to local cases. Six occupants of a hotel in Taoyuan, case Nos. 16,821, 16,841, 16,851, 16,856, 16,862, and 16,865 are all believed to have contracted COVID from case No. 16,768.
Meanwhile, one case in a hotel in Taipei, case No. 16,859, is believed to have been infected with the virus by case No. 16,870.
According to Chen, the 15 imported cases on Friday include eight males and seven females ranging in age from their teens to their 60s. Between Nov. 23 and Dec. 16, they entered Taiwan from the U.K. (case Nos. 16,883 and 16,890), Czech Republic (16,884), U.S. (case Nos. 16,885 and 16,888), Ireland (case No. 16,886), Singapore (case Nos. 16,887 and 16,892), Vietnam (case No. 16,889), Nigeria (case No. 16,891), Maldives (case No. 16,893), Cambodia (case No. 16,894), Philippines (case No. 16,895), Indonesia (case No. 16,896), and Thailand (case No. 16,897).
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 4,729,623 COVID tests, with 4,709,526 coming back negative. Of the 16,786 confirmed cases, 2,133 were imported, 14,599 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one was unresolved.
A total of 111 people have been removed as confirmed cases, while 14 cases are still under investigation. Up until now, 849 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 837 deaths from local infections, 412 were in New Taipei; 322 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.