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Taiwan's COVID case number below 200 for second straight day

ROC Central News Agency

06/14/2021 04:10 PM

Taipei, June 14 (CNA) Taiwan on Monday reported a daily total of below 200 new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day for the first time since May 15, indicating the outbreak is easing, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The CECC reported 185 new cases of the disease, all domestically transmitted, and 15 new deaths.

The lower figures showed that the number of confirmed cases is dropping, in particular in Taipei and New Taipei cities where the most cases have been reported, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, said at a CECC news briefing.

"This is a positive sign and is the result of joint efforts made by all," Chen said.

He urged people not to let their guard down, however, as Taiwan still has a relatively high number of confirmed cases, and "it is not the time to relax."

Meanwhile, of the 11,547 confirmed cases between May 11 to June 12, more than half of them or 5,802 people, have recovered and been released from quarantine, he said.

As of June 14, there were also 398 patients in dedicated ICUs, including 268 in Taipei and New Taipei, and another 2,198 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in rooms set aside for COVID patients around Taiwan, including 1,532 in Taipei and New Taipei.

The number of hospitalizations has come down marginally in the two cities in the past few days.

The CECC did not say how many patients were isolated in quarantine facilities or in their own homes.

Of the 185 cases reported Monday, more than half of the new cases were in New Taipei, which reported 98 cases, followed by Taipei with 42 cases, Keelung with 14, Taoyuan with 10, and seven to Miaoli County.

Hualien County confirmed four cases, three cases each for Changhua and Hsinchu counties while one each was reported in Taichung City and Yunlin County.

Of the 45 cases outside Taipei and New Taipei, 37 had a known source of infection, while five had unclear links to other cases and three are still under investigation, the CECC said.

The new cases raised the total number in the country to 13,106, of which 11,358 are domestic infections recorded since May 15, the first day the country reported over 100 cases since the outbreak began in early 2020.

Most of the cases Taiwan reported prior to May 2021 were people who were deemed as having gotten the disease overseas.

The 15 fatalities were nine men and six women, in their 50s to 90s, who passed away between June 5 and June 13, the CECC said.

The number of deaths from COVID-19 in Taiwan has now risen to 452, including 440 since May 15.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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