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Taiwan reports 17 local COVID cases for 2nd day

49 cases imported from 12 countries

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (Jan. 18) announced 17 local COVID cases, the same number reported Monday (Jan. 17).

CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) also confirmed 49 imported cases. The command center did not announce any deaths, leaving the COVID death toll at 851.

Local cases

Chen said the local cases include 10 males and seven females ranging from under five years old to their 60s. The latest cases include six tied to the Union Bank cluster in Taoyuan, five related to the Tasty steakhouse cluster in Taoyuan, a family of four in Hsinchu, a member of the Golden Voice Singers Club, and a quarantine taxi driver in Keelung.

Imported cases

The 49 imported cases include 33 males and 16 females ranging in age from under 10 to their 60s. Of these, 17 tested positive upon arrival at the airport, while 32 tested positive during quarantine.

Between Jan. 3 and 17, they arrived in Taiwan from the U.S. (21 cases), Vietnam, Canada, the U.K., France, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, the Philippines, Poland, Mexico, and Panama. The country of origin of seven cases is still being investigated.

COVID case statistics

Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 5,306,453 COVID tests, with 5,287,815 coming back negative. Of the 17,951 confirmed cases, 3,171 were imported, 14,726 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one was unresolved.

A total of 115 people have been removed as confirmed cases, while 14 cases are still under investigation. To date, 851 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 13 other deaths were imported cases.