CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 343 COVID-19 cases; Miaoli passes Taipei in new cases
Taipei, June 6 (CNA) Taiwan on Sunday reported 343 cases of COVID-19, all of which were domestically transmitted, and 36 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
The domestic cases comprise 335 newly confirmed infections and eight from a backlog of test results confirmed over the past week, the CECC said.
New Taipei reported the most cases, with 160, followed by Miaoli County with 75 and Taipei with 64. It was the first time in Taiwan's latest outbreak that Taipei was not one of the two localities with the most cases, CECC data showed.
The rise in cases in Miaoli is due to cluster infections at three electronics companies in the county, which have reported a combined 206 COVID-19 cases in the past few days, including 180 migrant workers.
As such, the CECC has ordered all migrant workers at the three companies to be quarantined, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at a CECC press conference.
In other parts of Taiwan, Taoyuan reported 16 cases, Yilan County nine, and three each were reported in the city of Kaohsiung and Yunlin, Changhua, and Hsinchu counties.
Keelung, Taichung and Tainan recorded two cases each, while Chiayi reported one case.
Of the 343 total domestic cases, seven had unknown sources of infection, and five were under investigation, the CECC said.
The 36 fatalities reported Sunday were 22 men and 14 women, aged 50-100, who passed away between May 27 and June 3.
The high number of deaths can be contributed to many factors, including that most COVID-19 patients in Taiwan's recent outbreak are older and have chronic illnesses, said CECC advisor Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳).
Experts have also observed that the number of deaths tend to peak in the 10 to 14 days after a peak in cases, Chang said.
Recent peaks in case numbers were on May 17, with 535 cases, and May 26/27, with 532/529 cases, CECC data showed.
More recent peaks were reached on June 2, with 481 cases, and June 5, with 476 cases.
Another possible factor is that the sudden influx of COVID-19 patients have placed tremendous pressure on frontline health care workers, he said.
To date, Taiwan has confirmed a total of 11,298 COVID-19 cases, 9,900 of which are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 cases in a single day.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the country has risen to 260, including 248 recorded since May 15, CECC data shows.
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