CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports six new imported COVID-19 cases, one death

Taiwan on Sunday reported six new cases of COVID-19, all contracted overseas, and one death from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new cases were all Taiwanese nationals, who traveled to Taiwan recently from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, and Nigeria, the CECC said in a statement.

They all tested positive upon entry to Taiwan or during quarantine, the CECC said.

The sole death recorded Sunday was a Taiwanese man in his 60s who tested positive on May 24. He passed away on Dec. 1 due to pulmonary fibrosis and respiratory failure, according to the CECC.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 16,805 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, CECC data shows.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the country is now 850, with all but 12 recorded since May 15. Taiwan last reported a death related to COVID-19 on Dec. 15, according to the CECC.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel