CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 667 domestic COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths (update)
Taipei, May 27 (CNA) Taiwan on Thursday reported 667 domestic COVID-19 cases, four imported cases, and 13 deaths, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
Of the domestic cases, 401 were newly confirmed cases and 266 were from a backlog of test results confirmed over the last several days, the CECC said.
The 667 domestic cases included 323 in New Taipei and 231 in Taipei. Taoyuan reported 22 cases, Keelung reported 17, while Kaohsiung had 14 cases and Changhua had 13.
Ten cases each were reported in Taichung and Yilan, six in Hualien, five in Hsinchu County, four in Taitung and three each in Pingtung and Chiayi.
Two cases were reported in offshore Lienchiang County, while Tainan, Miaoli, Yunlin and Nantou each recorded one case, the CECC said.
The CECC said it had linked 25 cases to a cluster involving hostess teahouses in Taipei's Wanhua District, while another 152 cases involved individuals who recently visited the Wanhua area.
Of the remaining cases, 228 had a known source of infection, while 145 had "unclear links" to other cases and 117 cases were under investigation, the CECC said.
Thursday was also the sixth consecutive day on which Taiwan has retroactively added cases -- totaling 1,648 to date -- to the daily case totals going back to May 14.
With the latest adjustments, Taiwan has had over 400 domestic cases every day since May 17 with the exception of Wednesday, the current tally for which stands at 395.
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the adjusted case totals show the situation is "not really changing," but said the CECC will be watching the data over the next two days to see if a downward trend develops.
Thursday's high caseload comes more than a week after Taiwan issued a nationwide Level 3 COVID-19 alert on May 19, four days after doing so in Taipei and New Taipei cities. On Tuesday, the CECC announced that the alert would be extended through June 14.
In addition to the domestic cases, the CECC also reported four new imported COVID-19 cases, comprised of two each from India and the Philippines.
Meanwhile, the 13 deaths reported on Thursday were nine men and four women, from their 40s to their 90s, who died between May 24 and May 26, according to the CECC.
The new cases on Thursday brought the total number in the country to 6,761 since the outbreak began early in 2020, of which more than 5,000 are locally transmitted cases reported since May 15.
To date, Taiwan has reported 59 deaths from COVID-19, including 30 in the last three days.
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