CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 45,470 new COVID-19 cases, 57 deaths
Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) COVID-19 cases in Taiwan exceeded 40,000 for the third consecutive day Thursday, with the country recording 45,470 new infections and 57 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
Deaths reported on Thursday
The 57 deaths from COVID-19 brought the total number in Taiwan since the pandemic began to 10,423, according to CECC data.
The deceased ranged in age from their teens to their 90s, and all but four had underlying health issues such as cancer and kidney-related diseases, CECC data showed.
At the press briefing, Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) said 27 of the deceased had not received any COVID-19 vaccine doses, and urged people who had not gotten vaccinated to get at least one shot.
Of the other deaths reported Thursday, four had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, three two doses, 22 three doses, and one four doses, according to the CECC.
Lo said that the youngest death was an unvaccinated 10-year-old boy with an immune disorder and multiple chronic illnesses.
Severe, moderate cases
The CECC also reported 51 severe cases and 135 moderate.
Among the severe cases were three young patients, all aged below 5 with no history of chronic disease, the CECC said.
After contracting COVID-19, one of the cases began to suffer from croup, while the other two were diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), the CECC added.
New Taipei reported the highest number of new cases Wednesday, with 9,775, followed by Taichung with 5,854, Taipei with 5,401, Taoyuan with 4,758, Kaohsiung with 3,704, and Tainan with 2,662, the CECC said in a statement.
Changhua County had 2,091 new cases, Hsinchu County 1,304, Hsinchu City 1,204, Pingtung County 1,140, Miaoli County 1,089, Yilan County 1,050, Keelung 975 and Yunlin County 972.
Nantou County had 842 cases, Hualien County 689, Chiayi County 685, Chiayi City 461, Taitung County 289, Kinmen County 161, Penghu County 142, and the Matsu Islands 21, the CECC said.
Taiwan has recorded 5,849,748 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 31,491 cases classified as "imported" that originated abroad.
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