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CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 10,188 new COVID-19 cases, 42 deaths

03/15/2023 02:51 PM
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Students in Pintung County wait to be given a COVID-19 vaccine shot in the government's "Vaccine Plus One. Easing Restriction Safely" campaign announced in late February. Photo courtesy of Pingtung County government March 10, 2023

Taipei, March 15 (CNA) Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported 10,188 new cases of COVID-19 and 42 deaths from the disease on Wednesday.

Among the new infections, 9,980 were domestic, which represented an 8.2-percent drop from the same day a week earlier, according to the CECC.

In a call with reporters, CECC spokesman Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) noted that from March 20, people will no longer have to report or quarantine for mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 infections.

Despite the new policy, people who test positive through March 19 will nevertheless have to quarantine for the full five days, Lo said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 10,197,421 cases of COVID-19 and 18,619 deaths since the pandemic began in early 2022.

The CECC announced on Feb. 23 that it would stop releasing more detailed daily information on new COVID-19 cases and deaths.

(By Matthew Mazzetta)


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