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Taiwan reports 3 local COVID cases

40 COVID cases imported from US, India, Panama, Netherlands, UAE, Philippines, Italy, UK, China, and France

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(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Jan. 6) announced three local COVID cases.

CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced 40 imported cases in addition to the three new confirmed local infections. The command center did not announce any deaths, leaving the COVID death toll at 850.

Local cases

Chen said that case Nos. 17,307-17,309 are Taiwanese women between the ages of 50 and 60 who have received two doses of COVID vaccines. They work as cleaners in the same area of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport as case Nos. 17,230, 17,238, 17,239, and 17,266.

Case No. 17,127, which had previously been listed as an imported case on Dec. 31 has been changed to a local case after an epidemiological investigation determined the individual was infected by case No. 17,073. Both cases were confirmed to be infected with the Omicron variant.

Philip Lo (羅一鈞), deputy head of the CECC’s medical response division, announced that case Nos. 17,238 and 17,239 were infected with the Omicron variant. Case No. 17,239 is of particular concern because she attended a New Year's Eve event at a karaoke club that saw up to 1,000 participants.

Imported cases

According to Chen, the imported cases include 20 males and 20 females ranging in age from 5 to over 70 who entered Taiwan between Dec. 26 and Jan. 5. Of these cases, 24 came from the U.S., including case Nos. 17,267, 17,270, 17,273-17,275, 17,277-17,282, 17,284-17,289, 17,291-17,292, 17,300, 17,302, and 17,304-17,306.

The second-largest number of cases came from India, including Nos. 17,290, 17,296, and 17,303, followed by Panama (Nos. 17,271-17,272), the Netherlands (No. 17,268), United Arab Emirates (Nos. 17,283 and 17,301), Canada (No. 17,269), Philippines (No. 17,276), Italy (No. 17,293), the U.K. (17,295), China (No. 17,298), and France (No. 17,299). The country of origin is still under investigation for Nos. 17,294 and 17,297.

COVID case statistics

Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 5,036,659 COVID tests, with 5,016,638 coming back negative. Of the 17,198 confirmed cases, 2,532 were imported, 14,612 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. To date, 850 individuals have succumbed to the disease.