Taiwan reports 17 new COVID-19 cases, tally at 15,599

The CECC reported 17 new cases on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (Photo courtesy of the CECC livestream)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) on Tuesday confirmed 16 new domestic cases, 1 imported COVID-19 case, and 1 death, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to 15,599.

The new cases reported that day include 11 men and 5 women, aged between 30 to 70. They began showing symptoms between July 14 and July 26.

Among the community infections reported today, Taoyuan City accounted for 6 cases, Taipei City reported 5 cases, New Taipei City reported 4 cases while Hsinchu County reported 1 new case.

The CECC also reported a new COVID-19 death today, explaining that case 8354 was a man in his seventies who had a history of chronic illnesses.

He had no known contact with infected patients but began experiencing respiratory problems on May 28.

He was hospitalized a day later and the infection was confirmed on May 31. He died on July 24.

The CECC reported that among the 14,372 cases recorded between May 11 and July 25, 12,664 had been released from quarantine, accounting for 88.1% of confirmed cases released from quarantine.

In addition, an imported case from the U.S. was reported today. According to the CECC, case 15697 is a Taiwanese teenager who returned to Taiwan on July 25.

He submitted test results taken within three days of boarding the flight and was asymptomatic on arrival.

However, he began developing feverish symptoms on July 26 and the infection was confirmed today.

Six passengers who were seated within two rows of him have been contacted by the CECC and are currently under quarantine.

As of press time, 15,599 cases have been confirmed so far, including 1,258 imported cases, 14,288 local infections, 36 cases aboard the Dunmu (敦睦) ship, 2 cases including and relating to an infected pilot who violated quarantine in Taiwan, 1 unknown case, and 14 whose infection sources are still being investigated.

A total of 108 cases have been removed from the confirmed infections list by the CECC as well. Among the confirmed cases, 787 people have died.