CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 10,669 new COVID-19 cases, 24 deaths

Taiwan reported 10,669 new cases of COVID-19, all but 168 of which were domestic infections, and 24 deaths from the disease on Monday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The total number of Monday's new cases represented a 31.9-percent decline from the same day a week earlier, CECC data showed.

Of the deceased reported Monday, one was in his 20s, while the others ranged in age from their 60s to 90s. All but two had underlying health issues, while 15 of them had not received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccines as recommended by the government, the CECC said.

The deceased individual in his 20s was a man, who had chronic diseases involving his heart and lungs and had gotten three COVID-19 vaccine shots.

He tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 11, and was admitted to an intensive care unit for pneumonia on the following day, according to the CECC.

His condition deteriorated on Jan. 16 and he died of a coronavirus infection and respiratory failure later that day, the CECC said.

Also on Monday, the CECC reported 81 new cases classified as moderate and 16 as severe.

Regional breakdown

Regionally, New Taipei reported the highest number of new cases with 2,114, followed by Kaohsiung with 1,318 cases, and Taichung with 1,275.

Taipei reported 1,141 new cases, Taoyuan 940, Tainan 871, Changhua 455, Hsinchu County 324, Miaoli 287, Pingtung 264, Hsinchu City 259, Yunlin 228, and Keelung 201.

Nantou had 172 new cases, Yilan 163, Chiayi County 147, Hualien 121, Chiayi City 99, Taitung 65, Penghu 30, Kinmen 21, and the Matsu Islands six, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 9,353,625 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 47,187 classified as imported.

With the 24 deaths reported on Monday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country rose to 16,122.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel