Taiwan reports record 29 local COVID cases in one day

15-May-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 5:02 AM Print This Post

34 new cases in total, a record one-day high for Taiwan since start of pandemic

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command centre (CECC) on Friday (May 14) reported 29 local COVID-19 infections, a new single-day record since the start of the pandemic.

Health and Welfare minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung announced 34 new coronavirus cases, including five imported cases and 29 local infections a record one-day high for Taiwan since the start of the pandemic. All of the new local cases are Taiwanese who reside in north Taiwan, with the exception of one woman who lives in southern Taiwan.

The local infections are listed as cases No. 1,263 through No. 1,291, and include 16 females and 13 males between the ages of 10 and 70. Four of these confirmed cases are asymptomatic, while 25 experienced an onset of symptoms between May 2 and May 12.

Chen said that a preliminary investigation has found the correlation between the new local cases and previously confirmed cases is that 16 are related to the tea parlor cluster infection and the surrounding area in Taipei City’s Wanhua District. Five cases are related to the former president of the Lions Club International in New Taipei, case No. 1,203, and one case is related to the Galaxy Baccarat arcade cluster infection in Yilan; seven cases are still under investigation.

Two cases announced at the Taipei City Hospital Heping Branch on Thursday evening (May 13) were identifed as cases 1,272 and 1,273. Case No. 1,272 is a male in his 60s and case No. 1,273 is a female in her 60s, both have been associated with the Wanhua tea parlor cluster infection.

The latest infections tied to the former president of a Lions Club chapter in New Taipei include his wife (case No. 1,275), his daughter (case No. 1,276), a man in his 60s (case No. 1,271), and a woman in her 30s (case No. 1,289), who is the daughter of a previous case (case No. 1,229) tied to the cluster. As for the imported cases, two were from Indonesia (cases 1,258 and 1,259), two were from Paraguay (cases 1,260 and 1,261), and one was from Albania (case No. 1,262).

Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 224,617 COVID-19 tests, with 217,290 coming back negative. Out of the 1,290 confirmed cases, 1,073 were imported, 164 were local, 36 came from the Navy’s “Goodwill Fleet,” two were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one was an unresolved case.

One person (case No. 530) was removed as a confirmed case. The status of one recent case has yet to be determined, and 14 cases are still under investigation.

Up until now, 12 individuals have succumbed to the disease in the country, while 1,107 have been released from hospital isolation, leaving 171 patients still undergoing treatment.



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