CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 14,081 new COVID-19 cases, 29 deaths

12/02/2022 03:17 PM
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Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) Taiwan on Friday reported 14,081 new COVID-19 infections and 29 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new cases represented a 0.8-percent drop from a week earlier, CECC data showed.

The deceased ranged in age from their 50s to their 90s. All had underlying health conditions, while 16 of them were unvaccinated against COVID-19, the CECC said.

Also on Friday, the CECC reported 51 new COVID-19 cases classified as moderate and 26 as severe.

Regional breakdown

Regionally, New Taipei reported the highest number of new cases, with 2,166, followed by Taichung with 1,925 and Kaohsiung with 1,758.

Taoyuan recorded 1,549 new cases, Taipei 1,232, Tainan 1,085, Changhua 840, Pingtung 447, Hsinchu County 430, Yunlin 398, Miaoli 391, and Hsinchu City 381.

Nantou had 249 cases, Yilan 229, Chiayi County 221, Hualien 192, Keelung 167, Chiayi City 143, Taitung 129, Kinmen 58 and Penghu 29, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 8,343,081 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 37,832 classified as imported.

With the 29 deaths reported Friday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country rose to 14,416.

Case numbers in Taiwan have dropped in recent weeks, but deaths from the disease have remained stubbornly high, though now on a downward trend.

The steady death toll of the disease has pushed the country's overall death toll from COVID-19 to above 600 per million population recently, about average in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the New York Times.

Among more developed countries, Singapore has the lowest rate in the region at about 300 per million, followed by Japan at 390 per million, Vietnam and New Zealand at 450 per million, and Thailand at 480 per million.

(By Matthew Mazzetta)

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