The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that no additional cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were confirmed in Taiwan on September 9. The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 88,933 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 87,859. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 495 cases. Of 495 confirmed cases in Taiwan, 403 are imported; 55 are indigenous; 36 are naval crew members aboard the Panshi fast combat support ship; and 1 case has unknown sources of infection. Of the confirmed cases, there have been 7 deaths, and 475 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 13 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.
The CECC also announced the updated list of countries/regions eligible for shortened quarantine periods in Taiwan. The CECC reported that local infections in Vietnam have decreased, with only sporadic local cases over the past two weeks. Therefore, the CECC has moved Vietnam to its list of low-risk countries from the list of medium-risk countries. Additionally, locally acquired COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong continued to decline, and the status of the pandemic in the region has met the criteria for the CECC's medium-risk category for the recent two weeks. Therefore, the CECC has listed Hong Kong in its list of medium-risk countries/regions.
The latest list of eligible countries/regions is as follows:
1. Low-risk countries/regions: New Zealand, Macao, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Thailand, Mongolia, Bhutan, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nauru, East Timor, Mauritius, Vietnam.
2. Medium-risk countries/regions: Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Hong Kong.