Homeland Security

New record of 206 domestic COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan (update)

ROC Central News Agency

05/16/2021 04:47 PM

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Taiwan on Sunday confirmed 207 new cases of COVID-19, of which 206 were classified as domestic infections, the highest number ever recorded in the country in a single day since the pandemic began.

The new domestic cases are 90 males and 116 females, ranging from under 5 years of age to over 80 years old, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

New Taipei reported the most cases, with 97, around a third of which involved residents of Banqiao District. Taipei had the second most cases, with 89, of which 58 were reported in Wanhua District.

Elsewhere in northern Taiwan, Hsinchu County reported three cases, while Keelung and Taoyuan each reported two. In central Taiwan, Changhua County reported nine cases and Taichung reported one. Yilan County in eastern Taiwan reported three cases.

Of the 206 cases reported, 105 were linked to hostess teahouses in Taipei's Wanhua District and 44 involved people who had recently been to Wanhua. (Positive pressure booths set up in Taipei to increase COVID testing)

Five others were part of a cluster involving a local Lions Club International organization based in New Taipei, three were linked to arcades in Yilan County, and one was related to a religious tour in southern Taiwan.

Whether the remaining 48 cases are linked to any of these clusters is still being investigated, the CECC said.

Taiwan has been grappling with a series of cluster infections in the past few days and Sunday marked the third consecutive day in which the record for the highest number of daily domestic cases was broken.

In response to the surge in cases, the CECC raised the COVID-19 alert level for Taipei and New Taipei to Level 3 on Saturday, the first time the alert has been imposed in Taiwan.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 1,682 cases of COVID-19, with 12 fatalities.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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