Taiwan reports 20 new COVID-19 cases, including one in potential cluster



Taipei, Jan. 2 (CNA) Taiwan reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, including one from a potential cluster in a quarantine hotel in Taipei, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The 20 cases, all of which were listed as imported, involve 17 Taiwanese nationals and three foreign nationals who traveled to Taiwan from the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Greece and China.

One of the new cases is a Taiwanese man in his 30s who returned from China on December 12 and tested negative for COVID-19 upon entering and during quarantine at a Taipei hotel.

He returned home after completing quarantine on December 26 and went to be tested again on January 1 because he was not feeling well. His test results came back positive and indicate he was recently infected, Taipei deputy mayor Huang Shan-shan (黃珊珊) said at a press briefing on Sunday.

Six family members with whom the case lives – his parents, wife and three children – have been asked to self-quarantine, as have two of his close contacts in Taiwan, Huang said.

Seven of the eight have tested negative for COVID-19, according to the CECC.

The man having taken his eldest child to school, the kindergarten his child attends will see his classes suspended Monday and Tuesday.

The preschool, as well as a breakfast store and convenience store the man visited, have been disinfected, Huang said.

The man did not go to many places after leaving quarantine because he followed the rules for managing self-health, Huang added.

People are required to follow self-health management rules for seven days after quarantine ends, which prohibits them from large-scale gatherings and group meals. However, they are allowed to use public transport.

The Taipei City Government will step up the evaluation of quarantine hotels and strengthen employee training, Huang said.

At a separate press briefing, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳 時 中) said they “strongly suspected” that the man’s infection was linked to another client of the hotel which tested positive on December 22.

The two stayed in adjoining rooms and their stays overlapped by three days, according to Chen.

The two guests were confirmed to be infected with the Delta variant, although genome sequencing has not yet been completed to determine whether the two infections are related, Chen said.

Other guests currently staying on the same floor of the quarantine hotel have been moved to different hotels or government quarantine centers, and people who have already stayed upstairs will be tested for COVID-19, Chen said.

Taiwan reported cluster infections of COVID-19 at two hotels in Taipei and Taoyuan in December, both involving the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. He reported another potential cluster, involving the Omicron variant, on December 30 at a hotel in Zhongzheng district of Taipei.

The three cases related to the potential cluster in the Zhongzheng district hotel are all Omicron variant infections. However, genome sequencing has shown that the virus types do not match exactly.

It’s still possible, however, that a guest infected the other two and that small changes occurred in the virus’s genome during its replication process.

As a result, CECC treats infections as if it were a cluster, CECC adviser Chang Shan-chwen (張 上 淳) said on Sunday.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed 17,070 cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, including 14,436 domestic infections reported since May 15, 2021, when the country first recorded more than 100 cases. in just one day.

The number of daily national cases has fallen to single digits or zero since August 15.

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

As of Sunday, 80% of Taiwan’s 23.39 million people had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 69.1% had received two. An additional 0.68% received a third injection, either as an additional dose or as a booster, according to CECC data.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

Final element / ASG

Recent cases

January 1: Taiwan reports 21 new cases of COVID-19, confirms 2 infections with Omicron

December 31: Taiwan ends 2021 with record number of COVID-19 cases imported daily

December 30: Taiwan reports 24 new COVID cases, including two in potential cluster

December 29: Taiwan reports 14 new COVID cases, including one pilot

December 28: Taiwan reports 19 new cases of COVID; karate team confirmed with Omicron



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