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Taiwan reports 1st COVID-19 death in 8 months

Taiwan has reported the first death from coronavirus infection in eight months as it battles a small outbreak of new cases.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung told reporters on Saturday that one of four people who tested positive has died.

The victim was a woman in her 80s. The woman had been quarantined after a nurse who lived with her tested positive.

The elderly woman developed a fever on Thursday. She was confirmed infected with the virus on Friday and died later in the day.

Taiwan is said to have contained the virus relatively well as no cases had been confirmed there for eight months through late December.

Earlier this month, an infection cluster broke out at a hospital in a northern area involving doctors and nurses who had treated a coronavirus patient who returned from overseas.

Nineteen people, including family members of those healthcare professionals, have tested positive. The woman who died was among them.

Taiwan authorities are vigilant for a possible outbreak as an increasing number of people are returning to the island for next month's Lunar New Year holiday.

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