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CECC urges caution as Taiwan reports 549 COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

ROC Central News Agency

06/02/2021 05:52 PM

Taipei, June 2 (CNA) Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) on Wednesday urged people to continue to follow disease prevention measures, as Taiwan reported 549 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths from the disease.

All 549 cases were domestic infections, of which 372 were newly confirmed cases, and 177 were from a backlog of test results confirmed over the past two weeks.

Factoring in retroactively added cases, the total number of cases Wednesday rose from those reported a day earlier for the first time since May 26. It was also the highest total number of cases reported in a single day since May 28.

The higher cases reported Wednesday could be a result of faster reporting systems that have been put in place, rather than higher patient numbers, however, Chen said at a Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) press briefing.

He acknowledged, though, that the trend line shows that the COVID-19 outbreak in Taiwan is not slowing down, and he urged people to continue to follow disease prevention measures, such as leaving their homes only when necessary and going to work in staggered shifts.

CECC data shows that New Taipei and Taipei continue to account for the majority of local infections, reporting 310 and 152 cases, respectively, on Wednesday.

Taoyuan confirmed 28, Keelung 18, Miaoli County 12, Changhua County 10, and Kaohsiung five.

Taitung County reported four cases, Taichung three, while two each were reported in Hsinchu County and Tainan. Hsinchu City and counties Nantou and Hualien each recorded one case.

Of the 549 cases, there were 21 that had an unknown source of infection, the CECC said.

The 12 fatalities reported Wednesday were seven men and five women, aged 60-100, who passed away between May 28 and June 1.

Taiwan has confirmed 9,389 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began early in 2020, of which more than 8,000 are domestic cases reported since May 15, when Taiwan first reported over 100 domestic infections in a single day.

The country has reported 149 deaths from the disease, including 135 in the past two weeks.

To date, Taiwan has administered 500,577 doses of COVID-19 vaccines for a population of 23.5 million, according to the CECC.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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