CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 7 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths

Taiwan reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Friday -- one contracted locally and six overseas -- and zero deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The domestically transmitted case was reported in Taipei and involves an Indonesian woman in her 30s who has worked in Taiwan for some time, the CECC said.

Due to work-related reasons, the woman was tested for COVID-19 on Nov. 1 and Nov. 4, with the second test coming back positive on Friday even though the first test was negative, the CECC said.

Update

The CECC said the Nov. 5 local case involving an Indonesian woman will be removed from the country's COVID-19 statistics as it was found to be a false positive test result. (Nov. 6)

According to the epidemic center, the COVID-19 tests showed a relatively high cycle threshold (CT) value of 40, which indicates a low viral load and most likely that she was not infected recently.

At the daily press briefing, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (???) said the epidemic center was still waiting for the results of another COVID-19 test carried out on the woman, adding that five people who came into contact with her have been traced and are now in home quarantine.

Meanwhile, the six imported cases on Friday involved four Taiwanese nationals who recently returned from France, Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia, while the other two are citizens of Vietnam and Japan, the CECC said.

The imported cases are five men and one woman ranging in age from teens to their 40s.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 16,437 COVID-19 cases, including 14,427 domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 cases in a single day, CECC data showed.

Since Aug. 15, the daily number of domestic cases has fallen to mostly single digits, totaling 124 since then.

The country's total number of imported cases has risen by 491 during the same period to 1,791, according to CECC data.

With no new deaths reported Friday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country remains at 847, with all but 12 recorded since May 15, CECC data showed.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel