Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) The number of dengue fever cases in Tainan -- by far the worst-hit area around the country -- has recorded a daily increase of 604, bringing the total to 13,871 in Taiwan since the start of this summer, officials said Tuesday.
Tainan has reported 12,066 dengue cases since May, with only two of the city's 37 districts, Longqi and Beimen, remaining free of the mosquito-borne disease, according to the Tainan City Department of Health.
In response, Tainan Hospital under the Ministry of Health and Welfare said it has stopped admitting non-emergency cases -- defined as lower than level five on the Taiwan Triage and Acuity Scale -- and is devoting its attention to treatment of dengue fever.
According to the Taipei City Government Department of Health, meanwhile, the northern municipality has also reported 23 local cases, along with 42 brought back from overseas.
By comparison, Taiwan reported 15,732 dengue fever cases in 2014, by far the highest annual number since it began keeping such records.
(By Chen Wei-ting, Chang Jung-hsiang and Chloe Hsu)ENDITEM/J