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Taiwan confirms 18 imported COVID cases

One breakthrough case had received 3 BioNTech shots

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan confirmed 18 imported COVID-19 cases Saturday (Dec. 25), but no new local infections and no deaths, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Saturday’s imported cases include 15 males and three females between 10 and 69 years of age. Six arrived from the United States, six from Vietnam, and one each from Cambodia, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.

They entered the country between Dec. 10 and 23, and all but one of them were breakthrough cases. One of the cases, a Taiwanese woman in her 50s who returned from the U.S., had received three doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Taiwan’s latest total of 16,891 coronavirus cases includes 14,599 domestic cases and 2,238 imported ones. Of the 850 fatalities, 838 were the result of local infections, with New Taipei City registering 413 deaths and Taipei 322.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Keelung has reported 29 deaths, Taoyuan 27, Changhua 15, Hsinchu County 13, Taichung five, Miaoli three, Yilan and Hualien two each, and Hsinchu City, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Nantou, Yunlin, Pingtung and Taitung one each. The 12 other deaths were imported cases.

A total of 36 COVID cases originated from the Navy’s "Goodwill Fleet" in 2020, two were infected on board a flight, one case was classified as unresolved, and 14 cases are under investigation. A total of 111 were removed from the list of confirmed cases.