CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 39,646 new COVID-19 cases, 134 deaths

06/26/2022 03:25 PM
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Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang. Photo courtesy of the CECC
Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang. Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, June 26 (CNA) Taiwan reported 39,646 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, all but 60 domestically transmitted, and 134 deaths from the disease.

The deceased ranged in age from their 30s to over 90 years old. They included 127 individuals who had chronic illnesses or other severe diseases and 48 who were unvaccinated, the CECC said.

Severe infections

The CECC also said that 137 previously reported COVID-19 cases had become severe, while 222 other individuals had developed moderate symptoms.

Among the new severe cases is an 11-year-old girl who was diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) but has since recovered, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said.

The girl developed a fever on May 30 and tested positive that day. On May 31, the fever subsided but she began to develop a rash, Chuang said.

She had a fever again on June 4, which reached 40.1 degrees Celsius, and also experienced chills, headache, dizziness and a cough. These symptoms persisted even after seeing a doctor and taking medication.

On June 6, the girl was taken to the emergency room after she vomited, experienced a lack of appetite and felt drowsy, on top of having a stomach ache.

She was diagnosed with MIS-C and admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU), but has since recovered and was discharged from hospital on June 14, Chuang said

To date, 69 children under the age of 13 have developed severe illnesses from COVID-19, of whom 20 have passed away.

Of the 3,544,821 domestic cases reported in Taiwan this year, 6,319 have been classified as severe infections and 8,562 as moderate, accounting for 0.18 percent and 0.24 percent of the total, respectively, according to CECC data as of June 25.

In all other cases, the infected individuals were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms, the CECC said.

Of the domestic cases Sunday, Taichung reported the highest number, with 5,520, followed by New Taipei with 5,320 and Kaohsiung with 5,309.

Taoyuan recorded 3,791 cases, Tainan 3,786, Changhua County 2,761, Taipei 2,734, Pingtung County 1,655, Yunlin County 1,111 and Hsinchu County 1,008.

Miaoli County recorded 906 cases, Nantou County 902, Hsinchu City 837, Yilan County 786, Chiayi County 757, Hualien County 587, Chiayi City 548, Keelung 484, Taitung County 396, Penghu County 201, Kinmen County 166 and the Matsu Islands 21.

The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of June 26, Taiwan recorded 3,584,401 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 14,287 from 2,396 on Jan. 1.
The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of June 26, Taiwan recorded 3,584,401 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 14,287 from 2,396 on Jan. 1.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 3,613,345 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 3,599,004 domestic infections.

With the 134 deaths reported Sunday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country rose to 6,254.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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