On September 16, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that a cumulative total of 90,147 cases related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 89,071. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 500 cases. Of 500 confirmed cases in Taiwan, 408 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 477 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 16 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 no confirmed cases have been reported in the Marshall Islands and its testing level has met the criteria for low-risk countries, testing over 1,500 people per million people (the Marshall Islands tests 4,430 people per million people). Therefore, the CECC has added the Marshall Islands to its list of low-risk countries. On the other hand, in consideration of the worsening coronavirus situation in Myanmar, the CECC had removed the country from its list of medium-risk countries.
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, the Marshall Islands.
2. Medium-risk countries/regions: Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong.