In the past 24 hours, Taiwan recorded the highest number of new cases (with over 68,000 cases).
More than 68,000 local cases of COVID-19 in Taiwan were reported on Sunday, the third day in a row that crossed the 60,000 mark. Intraday cases represent a 7.45% increase from the previous day, a worrying situation. There were also 19 deaths, eight involving unvaccinated people.
Minister of Health Chen Shih-chung also said that the ministry had held discussions with local authorities and reached an agreement that the elderly over 65 years old who tested positive for COVID-19 with rapid test, should be able to receive oral antivirals once evaluated by a doctor, without additional PCR testing. Mr. Chen said related measures and processes are still being discussed and will be announced shortly.
Meanwhile, to reduce the risk of moderate to severe infections, starting Monday, May 16, 2022, three groups of people will be eligible to receive a second booster shot, equivalent to a dose of the vaccine. 4th: They are people 65 years of age or older; residents of long-term care facilities; and immunocompromised people 18 years of age or older. To get a second booster, people in all three categories need to get their first booster at least 5 months ago. An estimated four million people qualify for a second booster shot.
CECC confirms 68,769 additional COVID-19 cases, including 68,732 local COVID cases and 37 imported cases
On May 15, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 68,769 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Of the 68,769 new cases, 68,732 are local infections and 37 imported (23 of which tested positive after landing). CECC announced 19 deaths today.
Concerning 68,732 new local cases, 32,706 are male and 36,003 are female, while the genders of the remaining 23 cases are under investigation. Infected cases range in age from under 5 to over 90 years old. Among the local cases, 22,891 cases were reported in New Taipei City, 11,701 in Taipei City, 9,675 in Taoyuan City, 4,029 in Taichung City, 3,882 in Kaohsiung City, and 2,474 in Tainan City, 2,122 in Keelung City, 1,871 in Hsinchu County, 1,871 in Yilan County, 1,408 in Changhua County, 1,312 in Hsinchu City, 1,299 in Pingtung County, 1,065 in Hualien County, 1,065 in Hualien County, 1,065 in Hualien, 883 in Miaoli County, 649 in Yunlin County, 466 in Nantou County, 368 in Chiayi County, 332 in Taitung County, 193 in Chiayi City, 120 in Kinmen County, 115 in Penghu County, and six in Lienchiang County.
Regarding the 19 deaths from local cases announced today, there are 12 men and 7 women between the ages of 70 and over 90. They are all serious cases and have chronic illnesses.
Regarding the 37 new imported COVID cases, 20 are male and 10 are female, while the genders of the remaining seven are under investigation. They ranged in age from under 10 to 69 years old. The areas through which these cases pass are being investigated. They all come from April 29 to May 14, 2022.
CECC reports that a total of 9,558,371 COVID-19 related cases have been reported in Taiwan, of which COVID-19 has been cured in 8,786,521. Of these reported cases, COVID-19 infection is laboratory-confirmed with 768,543 cases. Of the 768,543 confirmed cases, 12,206 were imported; 756,283 people with local COVID; 36 were naval crew members aboard the fast combat support ship Panshi; 3 infections on the plane; 1 case of unknown source of infection; The source of infection of 14 cases is under investigation.
There have been a total of 1,068 deaths from COVID-19 since 2020 in Taiwan. Of the 1068 deaths, 1,053 are from local infections and the remaining 15 are from imported cases.