On January 30, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced four new confirmed indigenous cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. They all are individuals identified as contacts of the confirmed cases linked to a cluster infection in a northern Taiwan hospital. Among those four individuals, three (Case #907, Case #909, and Case #910) are family members of and live with Case #863, representing a cluster infection within that family; the other one is a person identified as a contact of Case #889 when he sought medical attention.
Case #907, Case #909, and Case #910 are a woman in her 80s, a woman in her 20s, and a man in his 80s, respectively. Case #907 had chronic kidney disease and other underlying conditions. She began to experience a loss of appetite, fatigue, a fever, and other symptoms on January 28. The health authority then arranged for her to seek medical attention and undergo COVID-19 testing, and the test result came back negative. She passed away last night. Case #909 and Case #910 were tested for COVID-19 on January 29, and infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the two cases on January 30.
Case #908 is an over 50-year-old man. He accompanied his mother to the hospital on January 23. As he and his mother both were identified as individuals who came into contact with Case #889 when he sought medical attention, the health authority arranged for them to undergo testing on January 29. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the cases on January 30.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 153,716 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 149,840. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 909 cases. Of the 909 confirmed cases, 795 are imported; 75 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 8 deaths, and 823 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 78 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.