CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan's 34 COVID deaths since May 11 all in Taipei, New Taipei: CECC
Taipei, May 27 (CNA) Taiwan has reported 34 of its total 46 COVID-19 deaths since May 11, all involving patients in Taipei and New Taipei cities, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
The 34 fatalities consisted of 20 deaths in New Taipei and 14 in Taipei, municipalities that have accounted for more than 85 percent of new cases during the recent outbreak, the CECC said.
Meanwhile, the CECC also released updated information on 11 fatalities it reported Wednesday, as well as the number of patients whose cases had been classified as severe.
One of the deaths was a man in his 50s who was found in his home without signs of life on Tuesday and later pronounced dead. His death led health authorities to give him a COVID-19 test, which came back positive on Wednesday, the CECC said.
Several of the other fatalities involved people whose conditions rapidly deteriorated while they were in quarantine.
In one of the cases, a man in his 70s who had recently visited Taipei's Wanhua District, went to a local testing station on May 20, although he was not experiencing symptoms at the time.
On May 22, he received a remote health check at a government-designated quarantine facility, where he was staying pending the release of his test results.
The man died on May 24, the same day his test results came back positive, the CECC said.
Another of the deaths was that of a woman in her 70s, who developed symptoms on May 16 after having had contact with another known case. On May 18, she moved into a quarantine hotel after testing positive for a COVID-19 rapid test.
On May 24, her COVID-19 diagnosis was confirmed, but her condition began to deteriorate the following day and she died in hospital on Wednesday, the CECC said.
Of the remaining fatalities, five passed away in area hospitals, one died after his condition worsened in a government quarantine facility, and two were still being investigated, the CECC said.
Nine of the 11 patients either had a known source of infection or had recently visited Wanhua, while seven suffered from underlying chronic health issues, it said.
Meanwhile, CECC advisor Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said that 530 patients recently diagnosed with COVID-19 have been classified as severe cases.
As of Wednesday, there were 101 COVID-19 patients on ventilators, up 11 from the previous day, as well as two on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, Chang said.
To date, Taiwan has reported a total of 6,091 COVID-19 cases since the outbreak began in early 2020, of which 4,749 are domestic cases reported since May 15.
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