CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 23,172 new COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths

08/16/2022 02:37 PM
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Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang is pictured at Tuesday
Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang is pictured at Tuesday's COVID-19 press briefing. Photo courtesy of CECC

Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) Taiwan on Tuesday reported 23,172 new cases of COVID-19, all but 270 of which were domestic infections, and 16 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The deceased ranged in age from their 50s to their 90s. All suffered from chronic illnesses or other severe diseases, and six were unvaccinated against COVID-19, the CECC said.

Also on Tuesday, the CECC reported 13 severe COVID-19 cases and 27 moderate infections.

Of the 4,866,455 domestic cases recorded in Taiwan this year, 9,995 have been classified as severe infections and 12,407 as moderate, accounting for 0.21 percent and 0.25 percent of the total, respectively, according to CECC data as of Aug. 15.

Reginal breakdown

Regionally, New Taipei reported the highest number of new cases on Tuesday, with 4,515, followed by Taichung with 2,711 and Taipei with 2,668.

Taoyuan had 2,218 new cases, Kaohsiung 1,971, Tainan 1,659, Changhua 1,132, Miaoli 765, Pingtung 592, Hsinchu County 581, Yilan 571, Yunlin 564 and Hsinchu City 556.

Chiayi County reported 449 cases, Hualien 442, Nantou 388, Keelung 335, Chiayi City 292, Taitung 223, Penghu 142, Kinmen 116, and the Matsu Islands 12, the CECC said.

Overall view

To date, Taiwan has recorded 4,927,754 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 4,903,924 domestic infections.

With the 22 deaths reported Tuesday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country rose to 9,473.

Meanwhile, the CECC said that as of Aug. 15, 92.2 percent of the eligible population in Taiwan had received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 86.2 percent had received a second shot, 71.7 percent had gotten a first booster shot, and 8.3 percent had gotten a second booster.

(By Matthew Mazzetta)

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