On March 18, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 75 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Of the 75 new cases, one is domestic and 74 are imported (36 of them tested positive after landing). The CECC announced no deaths today.
The new domestic case is an over 30-year-old male living in southern Taiwan. He experienced discomfort in his throat, chills and coughing on March 14. The health authority then arranged for him to seek medical attention and undergo testing on March 17. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on March 18 (the CT value was 11.4).
Regarding the 74 new imported cases, they are 52 men and 22 women ranging in age from under five and 69 years. Of the cases, 18 arrived in Taiwan from Vietnam, nine from the US, seven from Indonesia, three from Canada, two from Poland, and one each from Cambodia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Malaysia, Russia, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, and the UK; the areas the remaining 26 cases arrived from are being investigated. They all arrived between December 17, 2021, and March 17, 2022.
The CECC reported that a total of 6,690,787 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 6,668,696. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 21,658 cases. Of the 21,658 confirmed cases, 6,110 are imported; 15,494 are domestic; 36 are naval crew members aboard the Panshi fast combat support ship; 3 are infections on an aircraft; 1 case has an unknown source of infection; 14 cases' sources of infection are being investigated, and a cumulative total of 134 cases have been removed as confirmed cases. There have been a cumulative total of 853 COVID-19 deaths since 2020; of the 853 deaths, 839 are from domestic cases and the other 14 are from imported cases.