CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 12 domestic cases linked to airport, Taipei hospital

Taiwan on Tuesday confirmed 12 new domestic COVID-19 cases and 58 imported cases, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Nine of the 12 cases, which include one confirmed by the CECC late Monday evening, were linked to Taoyuan International Airport, bringing the total number of domestic COVID-19 infections connected to the airport reported in the past week to 39.

Those nine new cases reported Tuesday were colleagues and family members of airport workers or their relatives or friends who previously tested positive, according to the CECC.

The other three cases involved two nurses at Taipei City Hospital's Zhongxing Branch and the boyfriend of one of the nurses.

Nine of the 12 have been classified as breakthrough infections, while one of those infected received one Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine jab, and a man in his 60s and a girl under five years old were not vaccinated.

In addition to the domestic cases, Taiwan also reported 58 imported cases on Tuesday. The CECC did not release any information regarding the vaccination status of those cases.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed 17,463 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, of which 14,647 are domestic infections. Taiwan has recorded 43 domestic cases in January so far, all but four linked to Taoyuan International Airport.

With no deaths reported Tuesday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the country remains at 850. Taiwan last reported a death related to COVID-19 on Dec. 19.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel