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Taiwan reports 13 COVID-19 deaths, including woman in her 40s

ROC Central News Agency

05/27/2021 06:23 PM

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) Taiwan confirmed another 13 deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, including a Taiwanese woman in her 40s, who passed away a week after she tested positive for the disease.

The woman was tested on May 19, after she was identified as a contact of a confirmed COVID-19 patient, and she was assigned to a quarantine hotel because her infection was mild, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said at a press conference.

On May 25, however, the woman passed away, the CECC said, as it reported 13 new deaths from the disease, a one-day record for Taiwan.

On the question of whether the woman had any chronic or underlying illnesses, CECC advisor Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said that information was not yet available.

One of the other fatalities reported Thursday was a man in his 50s, who was found unconscious in his home on May 25 and was rushed to hospital, the CECC said. He died the same day, and a COVID-19 test he had taken a few days before showed that he had been infected with the disease, the CECC said.

The man's medical history included aortic dissection, which is a severe injury to one of the body's main arteries, and he had complained of shortness of breath on May 22, according to the CECC.

The other 11 deaths reported Thursday were eight men and three women, ranging in age from 60 to 100, the CECC said.

Eight of the patients had underlying chronic health issues, and eight had recently visited Taipei's Wanhua District, one of the COVID-19 hotspots in the country, the CECC said.

Noting that two of the deaths reported Thursday had occurred in government quarantine centers, CECC official Wang Pi-sheng (王必勝) said health authorities will more closely monitor patients housed in those facilities and will provide them with pulse oximeters to check their blood oxygen levels.

To date, 59 people have died of COVID-19 in Taiwan, with 47 fatalities reported after May 15, when the number of domestic COVID-19 cases began to surge, according to CECC data.

The data shows that 41 of the deaths in the latter half of the month has occurred in the over-60 age group.

As of Thursday morning, there were 139 COVID-19 patients on ventilators in Taiwan, up 38 from the previous day, as well as two on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, according to the CECC.

Taiwan has confirmed 6,761 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began early in 2020, of which more than 5,400 are domestic cases reported since May 15.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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