CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 20,127 new COVID-19 cases, 77 deaths

11/17/2022 03:31 PM
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Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang is pictured at Thursday
Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang is pictured at Thursday's briefing. Photo courtesy of CECC

Taipei, Nov. 17 (CNA) Taiwan reported 20,127 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, all but 49 of which were locally transmitted, and 77 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The deceased ranged in age from their 40s to their 90s, and all but one had underlying health issues, while 48 were unvaccinated against COVID-19, the CECC said.

Meanwhile, the CECC also reported 78 new cases classified as moderate and 59 classified as severe, including a case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) involving an unvaccinated 9-year-old boy, who had no known underlying health conditions.

The child has now been transferred from an intensive care unit to a general ward and is in stable condition, the CECC said.

It was the 174th case of MIS-C cases in Taiwan this year and the 264th severe case of COVID-19 in children aged 12 and under, the CECC said.

Meanwhile, it said, the 20,078 new domestic cases on Thursday represented a 9.9-percent drop from a week earlier.

Regional breakdown

New Taipei reported the highest number of new cases Thursday, with 3,316, followed by Kaohsiung with 2,670 and Taichung with 2,545.

Taoyuan reported 2,115 cases, Tainan 1,949, Taipei 1,837, Changhua County 974, Pingtung County 657, Hsinchu County 577, Yunlin County 469 and Hsinchu City 469.

Miaoli County had 464 cases, Chiayi County 368, Nantou County 363, Yilan County 323, Keelung 318, Chiayi City 235, Hualien County 223, Taitung County 119, Kinmen 43, Penghu 39 and the Matsu islands five, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 8,112,234 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 37,113 classified as imported.

With the 77 deaths reported Thursday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country rose to 13,791.

(By Chao Yen-hsiang)

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