TAIPEI, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Six people tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan on Saturday, raising the total infections on the island to 808, the local epidemic monitoring agency said.
Two of the new cases were from the United States, two from the Philippines, one from Britain and one from Indonesia, the agency said in a press release.
The patients from the United States and Britain were found to have a high level of virus in their systems. The samples taken from them will be analyzed to see whether they belong to a new variant of the COVID-19 virus, the statement said.
The agency has found a total of 216 people with a history of traveling to Britain since Dec. 13, and has ordered that 123 of them take COVID-19 tests as of Saturday. Of these, 115 tested negative and eight are still being tested.
Among the confirmed COVID-19 cases, seven have died, 686 have recovered and 115 remain hospitalized, according to the agency.