CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports 19,187 new COVID-19 cases, 27 deaths

Taiwan reported 19,187 new cases of COVID-19 and 27 deaths from the disease on Sunday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The total number of cases represented a 10-percent decline from the same day a week earlier, the CECC said.

For the seven days ending Jan. 21 (Jan. 15-21), domestic case numbers were down 13.4 percent to 131,489, compared to the previous seven-day period (Jan. 8-14).

The deceased reported Sunday ranged in age from their 40s to 90s. All but one had underlying health issues, while 17 of them were not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (three doses), the CECC said.

Also on Sunday, the CECC reported 22 new cases classified as moderate and 20 as severe.

Regional breakdown

Regionally, New Taipei reported the highest number of new cases with 4,054, followed by Taoyuan with 2,243 cases and Taichung with 2,153.

Kaohsiung reported 2,140 new cases, Taipei 1,991, Tainan 1,546, Changhua 738, Hsinchu County 577, Hsinchu City 557, Miaoli 491, Pingtung 397, Keelung 375, Yunlin 317 and Yilan 256.

Nantou had 244 new cases, Chiayi County 215, Hualien 196, Chiayi City 170, Taitung 85, Kinmen 81, Penghu 40 and the Matsu Islands five, the CECC said.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 9,342,958 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 47,088 classified as imported.

With the 27 deaths reported on Sunday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the country rose to 16,098.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel