CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 133 new domestic COVID-19 cases; 52 with unclear links
Taipei, April 4 (CNA) Taiwan reported 133 new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases on Monday, of which 81 the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has connected to recently reported clusters.
New domestic cases
Of the new cases, 39 are linked to a cluster of over 200 cases that was initially reported at a karaoke bar in Keelung, while 18 are related to a cluster of around 60 cases, of which the first cases were residents of Sanxia District, New Taipei.
Six other previously recorded clusters also reported fewer than 10 new cases each, the CECC said.
The CECC is still looking into whether 52 of the new cases are connected to clusters in the country.
In terms of where the cases were reported, New Taipei confirmed 46, the highest number, followed by Keelung with 31, Taipei with 23, and Taoyuan 15, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said, adding that these cities needed "to continue to be on high alert."
Six cases were reported in Yilan County, four in Hsinchu County, three in Hualien County, two in Hsinchu City, and one each in Taichung, Kaohsiung, and Pingtung County, Chen said.
Recent spike in cases
Taiwan has recorded over 100 domestic cases per day since April 1, with the highest number of 183 reported on April 3.
Of the 1,713 domestic cases recorded between Jan. 1 and April 3, only four had moderate to severe symptoms of the disease, while the others were either mild or asymptomatic, Chen said.
The four patients with moderate to severe symptoms include a Taiwanese woman in her 80s who passed away in February, a Taiwanese woman in her 70s who has recovered, as well as a Taiwanese man in his 60s, and a Taiwanese man in his 20s who are both still hospitalized.
The man in his 20s is a recent COVID-19 case. He began to experience a cough and difficulty breathing on March 29, and was subsequently diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for COVID-19, Chen said.
He is currently in hospital receiving oxygen support and medication, Chen added.
Chen also said that the man had a history of chronic illnesses, without elaborating. The man had received his second COVID-19 vaccine shot over five months ago but has not yet gotten a booster, according to Chen.
Meanwhile, 142 new imported cases were recorded Monday, 68 of whom were travelers who tested positive on arrival in Taiwan, Chen said.
The CECC did not provide information on the vaccination status of Monday's COVID-19 cases.
To date, Taiwan has confirmed 24,585 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 16,447 domestically transmitted infections.
With no deaths reported Monday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country remained at 853.
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