CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 35,124 new COVID-19 cases, 29 deaths

09/08/2022 04:10 PM
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Centers for Disease Control Director-General Chou Jih-haw is pictured at Thursday
Centers for Disease Control Director-General Chou Jih-haw is pictured at Thursday's COVID-19 press conference. Photo courtesy of CECC

Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) Taiwan on Thursday reported 35,124 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The deceased reported Thursday ranged in age from 2 to their 90s. All but three suffered from chronic illnesses, 15 of whom had not received any doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

30th case of COVID-related encephalitis in children

Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞), deputy head of the CECC's medical response division, said at a press briefing that the 2-year-old girl who died of encephalitis did not have any previous underlying medical conditions and was not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

While undergoing treatment in hospital for COVID-19, the girl's condition deteriorated on Sept. 1 after she developed a racing heart rate and a fever of up to 39.8 degrees Celsius, Lo said.

The girl was transferred to an intensive care unit but passed away on Sept. 3 due to COVID-19 combined with acute encephalitis and multiple organ failure, Lo said.

It was the 30th case of encephalitis in children related to severe COVID-19 this year, Lo said, adding that 11 of those cases had subsequently died.

Also on Thursday, the CECC reported 26 cases newly classified as severe and 156 as moderate.

Among the severe cases was a 2-year-old girl who was diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), Lo said.

Of the 5,500,663 domestically transmitted cases recorded in Taiwan this year, 10,848 have been classified as severe infections and 13,975 as moderate, accounting for 0.20 percent and 0.25 percent of the total, respectively, according to CECC data as of Sept. 7.

Regional breakdown

Of those domestic cases reported Wednesday, 7,840 were reported in New Taipei, 4,447 in Taipei, 4,313 in Taichung, 4,010 in Taoyuan, 2,547 in Kaohsiung, and 1,933 in Tainan.

Changhua County reported 1,408, Hsinchu County 1,209, while 897 were recorded in Hsinchu City, 832 in Pingtung, 777 in Miaoli, 762 in Yilan County, 704 in Keelung, 694 in Yunlin, 663 in Hualien, 453 in Chiayi County, 427 in Nantou, 328 in Chiayi City, and 293 in Taitung.

Kinmen reported 144, Penghu 139, and the Matsu Islands 26, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 5,580,027 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 29,922 that were contracted abroad.

With the 29 deaths reported Thursday, the number of COVID-19 fatalities in the country rose to 10,170 since the beginning of the pandemic.

(By William Yen)

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