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Taiwan reports 23 local COVID cases, highest daily number in 6 months

10 COVID cases in Kaohsiung, 45 infections imported from abroad

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(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (Jan. 21) announced 23 local COVID cases, the highest single-day case count since July 24, when 24 local cases were reported.

CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) also confirmed 45 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 13 females ranging from under 10 years old to their 70s. Among these cases are 10 newly confirmed cases tied to a cluster infection that started with a family in Kaohsiung City and has spread to seven dockworkers and three contacts at a clinic.

Imported cases

The 45 imported cases include 20 males and 24 females ranging in age from under 5 years old to their 70s. Of these, 29 tested positive upon arrival at the airport, while 16 tested positive during quarantine.

Between Jan. 5 and 20, they arrived in Taiwan from the U.S. (17 cases), the Philippines, Vietnam, Israel, Canada, Poland, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Russia, the U.K., and Ireland. The country of origin for eight cases is still being investigated.

COVID case statistics

Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 5,394,042 COVID tests, with 5,375,246 coming back negative. Of the 18,109 confirmed cases, 3,283 were imported, 14,772 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one was unresolved.

A total of 116 people have been removed as confirmed cases, while 14 cases are still under investigation. To date, 851 individuals have succumbed to the disease.