CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 68,769 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths

05/15/2022 02:48 PM
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Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung at Sunday
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung at Sunday's COVID-19 press briefing. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) Taiwan saw over 60,000 daily COVID-19 cases for the fourth straight day on Sunday as it reported 68,769 new cases and 19 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new cases consisted of 68,732 domestically transmitted infections and 37 cases that were contracted abroad, the CECC said.

The 19 deaths reported Sunday were all patients in their 70s to 90s, of whom eight had not been vaccinated.

The CECC also reported Sunday that 101 people had developed moderate symptoms and 24 had developed severe symptoms.

Of the 672,998 domestic cases recorded in Taiwan from Jan. 1 to May 14, 1,151 have been classified as moderate infections and 294 as severe, accounting for 0.17 percent and 0.04 percent of the total, respectively.

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

Of Sunday's new cases, New Taipei reported the highest number with 22,891, followed by Taipei with 11,701, and Taoyuan with 9,675.

Taichung reported 4,029 cases, Kaohsiung 3,882, Tainan 2,474, Keelung 2,122, Hsinchu County 1,871, Yilan County 1,871, Changhua County 1,408, Hsinchu City 1,312, and Pingtung County 1,299.

Hualien County reported 1,065 cases, Miaoli County 883, Yunlin County 649, Nantou County 466, Chiayi County 368, Taitung County 332, Chiayi City 193, Kinmen County 120, Penghu County 115, and Matsu Islands six.

Meanwhile, of the 37 new imported cases, 23 were travelers who tested positive on arrival in Taiwan, according to the CECC.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed 768,543 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 756,283 domestically transmitted infections.

With 19 deaths reported Sunday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country reached 1,068. Of these, 215 have been recorded this year.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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