CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 62,110 new COVID-19 cases, 124 deaths

06/05/2022 02:52 PM
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Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw at Sunday
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw at Sunday's COVID-19 press briefing. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, June 5 (CNA) Taiwan reported 62,110 new COVID-19 cases -- 62,080 domestically transmitted and 30 imported cases -- and 124 deaths from the disease Sunday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The 124 individuals reported Sunday to have died of COVID-19 complications ranged in age from 9 years old to over 90 years old. Of these patients, 57 were unvaccinated, and 116 had chronic illnesses or other severe diseases.

One of the individuals who died was a 9-year-old boy. He had a congenital heart defect and had been reliant on oxygen support before testing positive for COVID-19, the CECC said.

He passed away on May 31 due to complications related to his heart disease and COVID-19, which had led to multiple organ failure, the CECC said.

His death brings the number of children, defined by the CECC as 12 years old and younger, who have died after contracting COVID-19 in Taiwan to 15.

The CECC also said Sunday that 109 previously reported COVID-19 cases had since developed into severe infections, while 143 other patients had developed moderate symptoms of the disease.

Of the 2,315,006 domestic cases recorded in Taiwan this year, 2,461 have been classified as severe infections and 4,824 as moderate, accounting for 0.11 percent and 0.21 percent of the total, respectively, according to CECC data as of June 4.

In all other cases, patients were either asymptomatic or had mild infections, the CECC said.

Of the domestic cases reported Sunday, Kaohsiung reported the highest number, with 9,232 cases, followed by New Taipei with 9,026, and Taichung with 8,699.

Taoyuan reported 5,793 cases, Tainan 5,447, Taipei 4,452, Changhua County 4,217, Pingtung County 2,557, Hsinchu County 1,516, Miaoli County 1,504, Yunlin County 1,496, Hsinchu City 1,257, and Yilan County 1,249.

Nantou County reported 1,188, Chiayi County 1,058, Hualien County 969, Taitung County 750, Keelung 729, Chiayi City 552, Penghu County 213, Kinmen County 163, and Matsu Islands 13.

The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of June 5, Taiwan recorded 2,377,053 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 13,161 from 2,396 on Jan. 1.
The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of June 5, Taiwan recorded 2,377,053 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 13,161 from 2,396 on Jan. 1.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 2,404,871 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 2,391,656 domestic infections.

With the 124 deaths reported Sunday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country rose to 2,939, CECC data showed.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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