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16% of Taiwan's 7,431 recent domestic COVID cases deemed severe: CECC

ROC Central News Agency

06/01/2021 09:45 PM

Taipei, June 1 (CNA) Since April 20, Taiwan has confirmed 7,431 domestic COVID-19 cases, 16.3 percent of which have been categorized as severe, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Among the 1,209 severe cases, 859 were patients over the age of 60, CECC official Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) said at a news briefing Tuesday.

Currently, 224 COVID-19 patients are on ventilators, he said, adding that the recent upsurge in COVID-19 cases in Taipei and New Taipei has put a strain on hospitals in northern Taiwan.

The CECC has arranged the transfer of some COVID-19 patients in the northern cities to hospitals in the south of the country, to better utilize the country's medical resources, Lo said.

According to CECC statistics, 38 patients were transferred from northern to southern Taiwan on Monday.


Meanwhile, Taiwan reported 13 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday -- 10 men and three women, aged 60-90, who died between May 24 and 31, according to the CECC.

They included three people who had been hospitalized between May 5 and 14 with chronic diseases and tested positive for COVID-19 after they were identified as contacts in other cases, the CECC said.

(By Chen Chieh-ling, Chang Ming-hsuan, Chiang Hui-chun and Evelyn Kao)


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