85 healthcare facilities in Taiwan report 339 cases of COVID

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Taipei, June 21 (CNA) COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported in 85 nursing homes or care facilities around Taiwan, involving a total of 339 confirmed infections, including 48 in a nursing home in Shilin District in Taipei, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.

Among the confirmed cases were 85 health workers and 253 non-workers, such as residents, while 157 other workers were quarantined, CECC official Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) said.

An additional domestic case of COVID-19 was added Monday evening after 47 newly confirmed cases were reported to Shilin Nursing Home earlier today, according to Lo.

The nursing home cluster infections include 32 residents and 16 workers, with three of the elderly residents with chronic illnesses dying, Lo said.

He added that all those infected have been evacuated from the facility and moved to quarantine hospitals or hotels to curb the spread of the virus, according to Lo.

The Taipei Health Ministry is investigating whether the nursing home attempted to cover up the COVID-19 cluster. He suspects that some residents of the home had fever from June 8 to 12, but officials did not report the cases or help their clients get medical attention, Wang Su-chin told reporters (王素琴), specialist of the department. briefing Monday.

(By Chen Chieh-ling, Chiang Hui-chun, Chiang Yi-ching and Evelyn Kao)

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