Taiwan reports 13 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths

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Taipei, Dec. 18 (CNA) Taiwan on Saturday reported 13 new cases of COVID-19, all contracted overseas, with zero deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new COVID-19 cases consist of 10 Taiwanese and three foreign nationals, who traveled to Taiwan from Vietnam, UK, US, Spain, Cambodia, Philippines and Singapore, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang () said.

The new cases include six men and seven women between the ages of 10 and 70, Chuang said.

Four cases were from Vietnam, three from the UK, two from the US and one each from Spain, Cambodia, the Philippines and Singapore, Chuang said, adding that they arrived in Taiwan between the 3rd and the 3rd. December 17.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 16,799 cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, of which 14,599 are domestic infections, according to CECC data.

With no new deaths reported on Saturday, the number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 remains at 849, according to the CCCB.

Meanwhile, an earlier case of COVID-19 imported from the United States reported on Thursday has been confirmed to be of the Omicron variant, bringing the total number of such cases in Taiwan to five since December 11.

The Omicron variant has been found in three cases in the United States, one in the United Kingdom and one in Eswatini, according to data from the CECC.

(By William Yen)

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