CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan's total COVID-19 cases top 9 million
Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) Taiwan's total COVID-19 cases surpassed 9 million on Friday as the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported 27,676 new COVID-19 infections and 62 deaths from the disease.
The new cases represented a 0.2-percent increase from the same day one week earlier, CECC data showed.
The deceased ranged in age from their 40s to their 90s. All but six had underlying health conditions, while 29 of them were unvaccinated against COVID-19, the CECC said.
Of the 27,676 new cases reported, 395 were contracted overseas, many involving travelers from China, where COVID-19 cases have surged.
All arrivals from China are currently required by Taiwan's government to take a saliva-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test upon arrival, and isolate themselves for five days if they test positive for the disease.
Test results are usually not available until a day or two after their arrival, and it was not clear where the 395 individuals arrived from or when they arrived or tested positive because of the lag in the test results.
The CECC did say, however, that of the 1,200 travelers from China who entered Taiwan on Wednesday, 258, or 21.5 percent, had their PCR tests come back positive. Of those, 218 positive tests were from Taoyuan International Airport and 40 were from Taipei Songshan Airport.
Also on Friday, the CECC reported 127 new cases classified as moderate and 53 as severe.
Regionally, New Taipei recorded the highest number of new cases with 5,520, followed by Taichung with 3,606 and Kaohsiung with 3,066.
Taoyuan reported 2,984 new cases, Taipei 2,931, Tainan 2,221, Changhua 1,181, Hsinchu County 821, Hsinchu City 785, Miaoli 697, Pingtung 630 and Yunlin 508.
Chiayi County had 403 cases, Keelung 383, Yilan 379, Nantou 362, Chiayi City 265, Hualien 208, Taitung 134, Kinmen 125, Penghu 65 and the Matsu Islands seven, the CECC said.
To date, Taiwan has recorded 9,007,371 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 42,024 classified as imported.
With the 62 deaths reported on Friday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country rose to 15,445.
Jan. 5: About 20 percent of arrivals from China test positive for COVID: CECC
Jan. 3: Transit passengers from China to undergo tighter COVID controls
Jan. 2: 28% of travelers from China COVID-positive on first day of border testing
Jan. 1: President Tsai offers to help China curb COVID surge in New Year address
Dec. 31: Ministry to pay family NT$300,000 for COVID-19 vaccine death
Dec. 28: Travelers from China to be subjected to saliva PCR tests at border
Dec. 23: Taiwan to relax quarantine regulations for incoming migrant caretakers
Jan. 5: Taiwan reports 31,514 new COVID-19 cases, 45 deaths
Jan. 4: Taiwan reports 33,871 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths
Jan. 3: Taiwan reports 25,009 COVID-19 cases, 22 deaths
Jan. 2: Taiwan reports 16,602 new COVID-19 cases, 26 deaths
Jan. 1: Taiwan reports 25,270 new COVID-19 cases, 20 deaths
Dec. 31: Taiwan reports 25,755 new COVID-19 cases, 38 deaths
Dec. 30: Taiwan reports 27,413 new COVID-19 cases, 34 deaths
Dec. 29: Taiwan reports 27,413 new COVID-19 cases, 34 deaths
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