CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 11 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths

Taiwan on Wednesday reported 11 new COVID-19 cases, including an Indonesian national who has received over a dozen tests since May, and zero deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The Indonesian national, a woman in her 30s who works as a domestic caregiver, was the only domestically transmitted COVID-19 case recorded Wednesday.

She had a headache on Sept. 27, and a COVID-19 test taken a day later came back positive, CECC official Lo Yi-chun (???) said.

Prior to that test, she had received 12 COVID-19 tests since May -- 11 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and one rapid test -- as she changed employers multiple times and had to accompany others to the hospital.

Those 12 tests, including the most recent one on Sept. 22, all returned negative results, Lo said.

As the woman has a low viral load, which suggests that she contracted the disease a while ago, antibody tests are needed to determine whether her infection is recent or not, Lo said.

In addition to the domestic case, Taiwan also reported 10 imported cases on Wednesday. Six were Taiwanese nationals, while the four others were citizens of Indonesia, Pakistan and the Philippines, according to the CECC.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 16,216 COVID-19 cases, of which 14,417 are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 cases in a single day.

Since Aug. 15, however, domestic case numbers have fallen to mostly single digits per day, with a total of 114 domestic cases reported.

With no new deaths reported Wednesday for the second consecutive day, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country remained at 842, with all but 12 recorded since May 15, CECC data showed.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel