CORONAVIRUS/New COVID-19 domestic case shuts Taipei school for 14 days

A kindergarten in Taipei's Neihu District has been ordered to close for 14 days after a teacher tested positive for COVID-19, the Taipei City Government announced Monday.

Classes at school will resume Oct. 23 following the confirmed infection, the only new domestically transmitted case in Taiwan on Monday.

Ou Chia-ling (???), a specialist with the Taipei City Department of Health, told a reporters at a daily briefing that 81 of the case's contacts were quarantining at home.

This included 31 students from the affected teacher's class, three other teachers, two school bus drivers and 45 parents that rode the school bus with their children.

In addition, additional 43 students and teachers in other classes have been required to closely monitor their health, Ou said.

Ou said tests will be soon arranged for these contacts.

The health department said it would trace other possible contacts of the teacher from outside the school and that the results would be announced as soon as possible.

According to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), the infection was confirmed after a polymerase chain reaction (PCT) test taken by the teacher, in her 40s, on Oct. 9 came back positive with a cycle threshold (CT) value of 34.9.

The CECC said the high CT value meant it was likely the teacher had been infected some time and was therefore less contagious, adding the case reported developing symptoms such as a cough in late May.

Hou Yu-ih (???), mayor of New Taipei City, where the teacher lives alone in the city's Xizhi District, said the COVID-19 situation in the city remained stable as the new case's high CT value indicated she was not contagious.

Hou said seven of the teacher's contacts had been traced and six placed under home quarantine, adding the source of infection was not yet know.

Taiwan has recorded a total of 16,305 COVID-19 infections since early 2020. 14,419 of these have been domestic infections reported since May 15 of this year, when daily new cases hit double-digits for the first time during the pandemic.

Since Aug. 15, however, the daily number of domestic cases has fallen to mostly single figures, totaling 115 since then. Taiwan has reported only two domestically transmitted cases in October so far, according to CECC data.

With no new fatalities recorded Monday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Taiwan remains at 846.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel