CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 281 new COVID-19 cases, including 216 domestic

04/05/2022 02:52 PM
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Health Minister Chen Shih-chung holds Tuesday
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung holds Tuesday's COVID-19 press briefing. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, April 5 (CNA) Taiwan reported 281 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday -- 216 domestically transmitted and 65 that originated abroad -- and no new deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

It was the fifth consecutive day that new domestic cases remained over 100, and it was also the highest daily number this year, breaking the previous record of 183 on April 3.

New Taipei had the highest number of new cases, with 91, followed by Keelung with 33, and Taipei with 28, the CECC said.

Hsinchu County reported 13 cases, and Taoyuan 11, while 10 each were reported in Kaohsiung and Hualien County. Hsinchu City recorded eight cases, Taichung five, Yilan and Changhua counties three each, and Tainan one, the CECC said.

Of the 1,841 domestic COVID-19 cases recorded nationwide between Jan. 1 and April 4, five were classified as moderate to severe infections, while the others were either mild or asymptomatic, according to the CECC.

Update: Domestic COVID-19 cases have not yet peaked: health minister

The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of April 5, Taiwan recorded 2,061 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 8,148 from 2,375 on Dec. 31.
The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of April 5, Taiwan recorded 2,061 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 8,148 from 2,375 on Dec. 31.

Meanwhile, 65 new imported cases were recorded Tuesday, and 28 of them were travelers who tested positive on arrival in Taiwan, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed 24,866 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 16,664 domestically transmitted infections, according to CECC data.

With no deaths reported Tuesday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country remained at 853, the data showed.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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