CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 13 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths

Taiwan on Thursday reported 13 new cases of COVID-19, all contracted overseas, and zero deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new cases involve eight Taiwanese and five foreign nationals, who traveled to Taiwan from the United States, the Dominican Republic, Russia, and Lithuania between Dec. 7 and Dec. 22, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 16,853 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, of which 14,435 are domestic infections reported since May 15, 2021, when the country first recorded more than 100 cases in a single day.

Daily domestic case numbers have fallen to mostly single digits or zero since Aug. 15. Nine such cases have been reported in December so far, including seven linked to cluster infections at quarantine hotels in Taipei and Taoyuan.

With no new deaths reported Thursday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the country remains at 850, with all but 12 recorded since May 15. Taiwan last reported a COVID-19-related death on Dec. 19, according to the CECC.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel