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Taiwan reports 4 local COVID cases

30 imported cases confirmed

(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (Jan. 4) announced four local COVID cases.

CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced 30 imported cases in addition to the four new confirmed local infections. The command center did not announce any deaths, leaving the COVID death toll at 850.

Local cases

The CECC said case No. 17,230 is a woman in her 40s who works as a member of the cleaning crew at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and that based on preliminary genetic analysis, she is infected with the Omicron variant. Case Nos. 17,238-17,240 include one man and two women in their 50s who have received two doses of COVID vaccines and are contacts of case No. 17,230.

Case Nos. 17,238 and 17,239 are both employees at the same workplace who took the same vehicle to commute. Case No. 17,239 began to experience fatigue, cough, and a runny nose on Jan. 1.

Case No. 17,240 is a quarantine taxi driver who began to develop a cough on Jan. 1. Case Nos. 17,238-17,240 were diagnosed Tuesday after being tested by the health department, and contact tracing is underway.

Imported cases

According to Chen, the imported cases include 16 males and 14 females ranging in age from 5 to over 70. Of these cases, 22 came from the U.S., including case Nos. 17,207; 17,210-17,219; 17,221; 17,223-17,228; 17,231; 17,232; 17,235, and 17,236.

Other cases came from France (case No. 17,208), Norway (case No. 17,209), South Africa (case No. 17,220), the United Arab Emirates (case No. 17,222), the U.K. (case No. 17,229), Poland (case No. 17,234), and Uzbekistan (case No. 17,237). The country of origin of case No. 17,233, who is a Taiwanese man in his 40s that arrived on Nov. 19, 2021, is currently under investigation.

COVID case statistics

Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 4,998,949 COVID tests, with 4,979,641 coming back negative. Of the 17,129 confirmed cases, 2,469 were imported, 14,606 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.