On January 22, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced two new confirmed indigenous cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Among those two new cases, one is a hospitalized patient to whom Case #852 had provided care, and the other one is a family member of and lives with the hospitalized patient.
Case #881 is a Taiwanese man in his 90s. He was a patient under the care of Case #852 between January 11 and January 14. On January 21, he sought medical care for other illnesses. A medical examination revealed that he experienced a fever and pulmonary infiltrate. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 22.
Case #882 is a family member of and lives with Case #881. Case #882 is an over 60-year-old female. She was responsible for cooking and providing meals to Case #881 while he was hospitalized and after he returned home. Testing among the contacts was conducted on January 21, and infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 22.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 142,424 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 139,699. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 881 cases. Of the 881 confirmed cases, 774 are imported; 68 are indigenous; 36 are naval crew members aboard the Panshi fast combat support ship; 2 are infections on an aircraft; 1 case has unknown sources of infection; and 1 case (Case #530) has been removed (Case #530 is not assigned to any patients). Of the confirmed cases, there have been 7 deaths, and 777 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 97 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.