TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Jan. 3) reported 25 imported COVID-19 cases.
CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced 25 imported cases and no new confirmed local infections. The command center did not announce any deaths, leaving the COVID death toll at 850.
According to Chen, the imported cases include nine males and 16 females ranging in age from 5 to 70. Between Dec. 19 and Jan. 1, they entered Taiwan from the U.S., Turkey, Germany, Canada, Italy, the Philippines, Armenia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Of these cases, 15 came from the U.S., including case Nos. 17,182; 17,183; 17,186-17,191; 17,196; 17,197; 17,199; 17,201-17,203; and 17,205. The second-largest number of cases came from Turkey, including case Nos. 17,192-17,195, followed by Germany (case No. 17,184), Canada (case No. 17,185), Italy (case No. 17,198), the Philippines (case No. 17,200), Armenia (case No. 17,204), and Trinidad and Tobago (case No. 17,206).
In addition, two imported cases previously announced on Dec. 28 and Dec. 30 last year, Nos. 17,058 and 17,099, have been re-diagnosed as local cases after an epidemiological investigation. CECC officials believe they were infected by case No. 17,085 while in the same epidemic prevention hotel, as that case appears to have contracted the disease first and had come from the U.S., where Omicron infections are surging.
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 4,982,263 COVID tests, with 4,962,860 coming back negative. Of the 17,095 confirmed cases, 2,439 were imported, 14,602 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, 850 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 838 deaths from local infections, 413 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.