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

Taiwan on Sunday reported nine new cases of COVID-19, all contracted overseas, and no new deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new cases were five Taiwanese and four foreign nationals who traveled to Taiwan from Denmark, Indonesia, the United States, Kenya, Singapore, Cambodia, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Five of the cases have been classified as breakthrough infections, as they tested positive for COVID-19 more than 14 days after being fully vaccinated against the disease.

The CECC disclosed additional details on the case from Kenya, a woman in her 20s, as she was slated to participate in the 2021 New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon held Sunday morning.

The Kenyan national previously tested positive for COVID-19 in her home country, though the CECC has not yet confirmed the date of her diagnosis.

She received two doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Sept. 28 and Oct. 21, before coming to Taiwan on Oct. 29, and tested negative twice for COVID-19 during the mandatory 14-day quarantine, the CECC said.

A third COVID-19 test she took on Saturday came back positive, though she has tested negative since being hospitalized. the CECC said.

Eleven people the woman had contact with in Taiwan have been asked to quarantine, according to the CECC.

New Taipei Sports Office Director Hung Yu-ling (???) told CNA on Saturday that the 11 people were also foreign nationals invited to participate in the marathon.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 16,529 COVID-19 cases, of which 14,426 were domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 cases in a single day.

There have only been 123 domestic cases since Aug. 15, however, as daily domestic case numbers have fallen to mostly single digits or zero since then, according to CECC data.

With no new deaths reported Sunday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country remains at 848, with all but 12 recorded since May 15.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel