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CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 14,387 new COVID-19 cases, 37 deaths

02/23/2023 02:56 PM
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Thursday's COVID-19 press briefing. Photo courtesy of CECC

Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) Taiwan on Thursday reported 14,387 new cases of COVID-19 and 37 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The 14,083 domestic cases represented a 14.5-percent drop from the same day a week earlier, CECC data showed.

The deceased ranged in age from their 50s to their 90s. All but one of them had underlying health conditions, while 20 had not received at least three COVID-19 vaccine shots, the CECC said.

Also on Thursday, the CECC reported 98 new COVID-19 cases classified as moderate and 35 as severe.

Regional breakdown

Regionally, New Taipei recorded the highest number of new cases, with 2,685, followed by Kaohsiung with 1,718 and Taoyuan with 1,691.

Taichung reported 1,555 cases, Taipei 1,277, Tainan 1,251, Changhua 659, Hsinchu County 390, Pingtung 384, Hsinchu City 338, Miaoli 322, Yilan 315 and Yunlin 290.

Hualien had 236 cases, Keelung 235, Chiayi County 225, Nantou 211, Chiayi City 132, Taitung 92, Kinmen 39, Penghu 31 and the Matsu Islands seven, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 9,985,320 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020.

With the 37 deaths reported Thursday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country rose to 17,709.

(By Chao Yen-hsiang)


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