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Taiwan reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, expands Moderna rollout

ROC Central News Agency

08/07/2021 04:57 PM

Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) Taiwan on Saturday reported 10 new cases of COVID-19, all but four of which were domestic infections, as well as plans for an expanded rollout of its Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Of the new domestic cases, four were reported in New Taipei, and one each in Taipei and Taoyuan, the CECC said.

Two of the cases had unknown source of infection, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) at a CECC press briefing.

The new cases bring the total in the country to 15,775, of which 14,271 are domestic infections reported since May 15, when the country first recorded more than 100 COVID-19 cases in a single day.

 


The 12 deaths involved seven men and five woman in their 60s-100s. Their infections were confirmed between May 26 and June 24 and they died between July 22 and July 30.

While the number of deaths was significantly higher than in previous days, Chen said it was a result of technical problems.

A software adjustment on July 23 that aimed to combine all COVID-19 fatality data from different sources went wrong and left out several cases, leading to days of zero deaths, Chen said.

The CECC became suspicious about the death numbers and identified 11 missing cases since July 23, which were all added to Saturday's tally.

To date, 806 people have died of COVID-19 in Taiwan, including 794 since May 15.

 


Meanwhile, the CECC reported four new imported COVID-19 cases, who were two men and two women in their 30s and 40s.

The imported cases came to Taiwan from the United States, Cambodia, China and Spain between Aug. 4 and 5, the CECC said.

The CECC also decided to expand the rollout of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for people who have not received their first shots, which will affect about 57,000 people.

To be eligible for the shots, those people must be aged between 53-54 who suffer from rare or serious illnesses or injuries, the CECC said, adjusting the previous rollout that allowed those aged 55 and above in the same category, as well as seniors aged 65 and above to get the shots.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

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Note: Taiwan's vaccine rollout began on March 22, first with doses from AstraZeneca, then the Moderna ones on June 9. More AstraZeneca doses have been administered than have been officially received because medical workers can sometime get more than the standard 10 shots from a vile.



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