CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 30,106 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

05/05/2022 02:57 PM
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Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung at Thursday
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung at Thursday's COVID-19 pressing. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, May 5 (CNA) Taiwan saw its single-day COVID-19 case number surpass 30,000 for the first time on Thursday after reporting 30,106 new cases and five deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new cases consisted of 30,035 domestically transmitted infections and 71 cases that were contracted abroad, the CECC said.

The five deaths reported Thursday involved two patients in their 70s who had gotten two or three vaccine doses, as well as three others in their 20s, 50s, and 80s who were unvaccinated.

The patient in his 20s had a nervous system disorder, and he had been bed-ridden and reliant on a ventilator for a significant amount of time prior to contracting COVID-19, according to the CECC.

The CECC also reported that 67 patients had developed moderate symptoms and six had developed severe symptoms.

Of the 176,213 domestic cases recorded in Taiwan from Jan. 1 to May 4, 395 have been classified as moderate infections and 55 as severe, accounting for 0.22 percent and 0.03 percent of the total, respectively.

All other cases have involved individuals with only mild symptoms or individuals who were asymptomatic, according to the CECC.

Of the domestic cases Thursday, New Taipei reported the highest number, 10,122, followed by Taipei with 6,422, Taoyuan with 4,872, Taichung with 1,776, and Kaohsiung with 1,136.

Keelung reported 924 cases, Tainan 847, Yilan County 675, Hualien County 625, Hsinchu County 570, Pingtung County 460, Changhua County 382, Yunlin County 246, Miaoli County 204, Hsinchu City 194, Taitung County 152, Nantou County 151, and Chiayi County 121.

Chiayi City reported 93 cases, Penghu County 35, Kinmen County 22, and the Matsu Islands six.

The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of May 5, Taiwan recorded 206,134 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 11,611 from 2,396 on Jan. 1.
The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of May 5, Taiwan recorded 206,134 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 11,611 from 2,396 on Jan. 1.

Meanwhile, of the 71 new imported cases, 36 were travelers who tested positive on arrival in Taiwan, according to the CECC.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed 232,402 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 220,737 domestically transmitted infections.

With five deaths reported Thursday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country reached 886, of which 33 have been recorded this year.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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