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Taiwan reports 633 domestic COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths (update)

ROC Central News Agency

05/26/2021 04:32 PM

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) Taiwan on Wednesday reported 633 domestic COVID-19 cases, two imported ones and 11 deaths, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Of the domestic cases, 302 were newly confirmed cases and 331 were from a backlog of confirmed test results over the last several days, the CECC said.

The 633 domestic cases included 308 cases in Taipei and 254 cases in New Taipei. Taoyuan reported 24 cases, Keelung reported 15, while Taichung had 11 and Hsinchu County had four.

Two cases each were reported in Pingtung, Yunlin, Tainan, Yilan, Kaohsiung and Changhua, while Hualien, Chiayi, Taitung, Miaoli and the offshore Lienchang County each reported one case, the CECC said.

The CECC said it had linked 35 of the cases to a cluster involving hostess teahouses in Taipei's Wanhua District, while another 209 of the cases had recently visited the Wanhua area.

Of the remaining cases, 173 had a known source of infection, while 122 had "unclear links" to other cases and 94 were still being investigated, the CECC said.

Wednesday was the fifth consecutive day on which the CECC has retroactively added cases -- totaling 1,418 to date -- to the daily case counts going back to May 14.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the adjusted case counts show that the current outbreak is not "rapidly getting worse," but said further observation is needed to determine whether the situation is improving.

Currently, the daily domestic case totals show peaks of 526 and 504 cases on May 17 and May 19, followed by five consecutive days of over 400 cases and totals in the 300s on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

In addition to the domestic cases, the CECC also reported two imported cases involving a Taiwanese man who returned on a medical charter flight from India on May 14 and a Chinese national who arrived in Taiwan on May 1.

Meanwhile, the 11 fatalities reported Wednesday are nine men and two women, aged 50 and above, who passed away between May 23-25. Seven of the 11 had chronic health issues, according to the CECC.

The new cases bring the total number in the country to 6,091 since the outbreak began in early 2020, of which over 4,500 are locally transmitted infections reported since May 15.

To date, 46 people have died of COVID-19 in Taiwan, including 34 since May 15.

(By Matthew Mazzetta)


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