Taipei, Oct. 27 (CNA) Taiwan on Wednesday reported eight new COVID-19 cases, all contracted overseas, but no deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The eight new imported cases involved seven men and one woman ranging in age from 20 to 50 who arrived in Taiwan between Oct. 8 and Oct. 26. Four of them came from Indonesia, three from the Philippines and one from the United States, according to the CECC.

The eight new cases brought the total number in October to 157, with only eight of them originating within Taiwan and the other 149 contracted overseas.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 16,388 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, of which 14,425 are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 cases in a single day.

Since Aug. 15, the daily number of domestic cases has fallen to mostly single digits, and the total number of domestic cases since Aug. 15 totals 122, according to CECC data.

With no new deaths reported Wednesday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country remains at 847, with all but 12 recorded since May 15, according to the CECC.

As of Tuesday, 69.49 percent of Taiwan’s 23.43 million population had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 29.6 percent had been fully vaccinated, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said.

The government is expected to achieve its goal of a 70 percent first-dose vaccination rate and 30 percent full vaccination rate by the end of this month, Chen said.

(By Evelyn Kao)

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