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CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 17,318 new COVID-19 cases, 40 deaths

01/09/2023 03:53 PM
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Centers for Disease Control Director-General Chou Jih-haw speaks at Monday
Centers for Disease Control Director-General Chou Jih-haw speaks at Monday's COVID-19 press briefing. Photo courtesy of CECC

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported 17,318 new COVID-19 infections Monday -- all but 416 domestic cases -- and 40 deaths from the disease.

The new cases represented a 2.3-percent increase from the same day a week earlier, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩) said.

He said the infection numbers were expected to continue climbing, but the increase had slowed down.

The deceased reported on Monday ranged in age from their 40s to their 90s. All but one had underlying health conditions, while 18 were unvaccinated against COVID-19, the CECC said in a press release that day.

Meanwhile, the CECC said 19 percent (or 1,571) of the 8,259 arrivals from China during Jan. 1-7 tested positive for the disease.

Moderate and severe cases

Also on Monday, the CECC reported 77 new cases classified as moderate and 37 as severe, including three young cases who were in the 12 and under age group.

Among these three young cases is a 4-year-old girl with no health conditions who was eventually discharged from hospital after proper treatment, the CECC said.

The other two cases, involving pneumonia and bronchitis, are an unvaccinated 7-month baby girl who has a history of pulmonary diseases and a 6-year-old boy who has a chronic neurological disorder and is also unvaccinated.

The CECC said the two were now in intensive care but in stable condition.

As of Monday, there have been 296 severe cases in the 12 or younger age group, with 33 of them involving pneumonia or bronchitis, according to the CECC data.

Regional breakdown

Regionally, New Taipei recorded the highest number of new cases with 3,299, followed by Taichung with 2,290 and Taoyuan with 1,987, according to the CECC.

Kaohsiung reported 1,925 new cases, Taipei 1,753, Tainan 1,309, Changhua 763, Hsinchu County 524, Miaoli 420, Hsinchu City 407 and Yunlin 342.

Pingtung had 334 new cases, Keelung 284, Nantou 264, Chiayi County 251, Yilan 242, Hualien 159, Chiayi City 149, Kinmen 89, Taitung 65, Penghu 41 and the Matsu Islands five, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 9,072,505 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 43,032 classified as imported.

With the 40 deaths reported on Monday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country rose to 15,582.

(By Chao Yen-hsiang)


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