CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 39,569 new COVID-19 cases, 39 deaths

09/18/2022 04:24 PM
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Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang. Photo courtesy of CECC
Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang. Photo courtesy of CECC

Taipei, Sept. 18 (CNA) Taiwan reported 39 deaths from COVID-19 and 39,569 new cases on Sunday, according to Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) data.

The deceased ranged in age from their 50s to their 90s, and all but three had underlying health issues such as cancer and diabetes, CECC data showed.

On Sunday, CECC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊仁祥) said 17 of the deceased had not received a COVID-19 vaccine shot, and he urged those who have not been vaccinated to get a jab as soon as possible.

Of the other deaths reported Sunday, four had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, three had received two doses, and 15 had gotten three doses, according to the CECC.

Also on Sunday, the CECC reported 51 cases newly classified as severe and 106 newly classified as moderate.

Among the severe cases was a 2-year-old boy who was vaccinated on July 26 and had no history of chronic disease, the CECC said.

The boy was confirmed as having COVID-19 on Aug. 13 and started to develop a fever, cough and runny nose on Sept. 5, according to the CECC.

He received emergency treatment on Sept. 10 and was classified as a case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) after being diagnosed with mild pneumonia, conjunctivitis and a swollen throat, the CECC said.

The CECC added that the boy has since improved and is expected to leave the hospital later on Sunday.

Currently, 213 severe cases have been reported among children aged 12 and under since the pandemic began, of whom 32 have died, the CECC said.

Taiwan has recorded 10,548 deaths attributed to COVID-19, according to the CECC.

Regionally, New Taipei reported the highest number of new cases Sunday with 8,607, while Taichung had 4,951, Taipei 4,511, Taoyuan 4,097, Kaohsiung 3,147, and Tainan 2,352, the CECC said in a statement.

Changhua County had 1,831 new cases, Hsinchu County 1,149, Hsinchu City 1,037, Yilan County 1,014, Pingtung County 1,012, Miaoli County 867, Keelung 865 and Yunlin County 853.

Nantou County had 786 cases, Hualien County 644, Chiayi County 604, Chiayi City 433, Taitung County 294, Kinmen County 139, Penghu County 118, and the Matsu Islands 19, the CECC said.

Taiwan has recorded 5,970,438 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 32,194 cases classified as "imported."

(By Chao Yen-hsiang)


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