CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 23,139 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths
Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Taiwan saw its single-day COVID-19 case number exceed 20,000 for the first time on Tuesday, reporting 23,139 new cases and five deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
The new cases consisted of 23,102 domestically transmitted infections and 37 cases that were contracted abroad, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at a CECC briefing.
The five deaths from COVID-19 complications involved four men and one woman between the ages of 70 and 100 who had not received any COVID-19 vaccine and had histories of chronic illnesses, according to CECC data.
One of the men, who was over 90 years old and mostly restricted to his bed, died on April 30. The man had a history of stroke.
The woman, who was over 80 years old and mostly restricted to her bed, died on April 29. She suffered from a nervous system disease, and had a history of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Another man, who was over 80 years old, died on April 30. He had diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
Meanwhile, another man, who was in his 70s and had a disease of the nervous system, died on April 30, while the remaining man, who was in his 70s and had a history of diabetes, died on April 29.
The CECC also reported that 18 patients had developed moderate symptoms and seven had developed severe symptoms.
Of the 124,708 domestic cases recorded in Taiwan from Jan. 1 to May 2, 258 have been classified as moderate infections and 42 as severe, accounting for 0.21 percent and 0.03 percent of the total, respectively.
All other cases have involved only mild symptoms or the individuals were asymptomatic, according to the CECC.
New Taipei reported the highest number of domestic cases on Tuesday with 8,278, followed by Taipei with 4,806, Taoyuan with 3,604, Keelung with 1,220, and Taichung with 1,196.
Kaohsiung reported 818 cases, Tainan 509, Yilan County 448, Hualien County 428, Hsinchu County 333, Pingtung County 292, Yunlin County 254, Changhua County 214, Hsinchu City 171, Miaoli County 145, Taitung County 102, Chiayi County 87, Chiayi City 79, and Nantou County 73.
Penghu County reported 22 cases, Kinmen County 15, and the Matsu Islands eight, the CECC said.
Meanwhile, of the 37 new imported cases, 14 were travelers who tested positive on arrival in Taiwan on Monday, according to the CECC.
To date, Taiwan has confirmed 173,942 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 162,407 domestically transmitted infections.
With five deaths reported Tuesday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country reached 876, and 23 of them have been recorded this year.
Of the 23 deaths reported this year, 12 had not received any COVID-19 vaccine job, according to the CECC.
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