CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan sets single-day high with 1,209 new domestic COVID-19 cases
Taipei, April 15 (CNA) Taiwan on Friday reported 1,209 new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases, breaking its single-day high for a third consecutive day, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
It was also the first time new domestic cases have exceeded 1,000 in a single day since the pandemic began, and the number was up nearly 40 percent from the 874 domestic cases reported a day earlier.
In addition, 10 new moderate or serious COVID-19 cases were reported Friday, bringing the total to 29 for the year to date.
The government has tried to allay fears of the disease's spread by pointing to the low number of such COVID-19 cases so far this year -- totaling 19 out of 6,543 domestic cases (about 0.3 percent) between Jan. 1 and April 14.
Of the 1,209 new domestic cases reported Friday, New Taipei reported the highest number, with 328, followed by Taoyuan with 290, Hualien with 146 and Taipei with 140, the CECC said.
Taiwan also reported 75 new imported cases on Friday, of which 68 were travelers who tested positive on arrival in Taiwan, according to the CECC.
To date, Taiwan has confirmed 31,857 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, including 22,355 domestically transmitted infections, according to CECC data.
With no deaths reported Friday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country remained at 854, the data showed.
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