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Taiwan reports 61,697 local COVID cases, surpasses 800,000 total infections

19,898 COVID cases reported in New Taipei, 9,274 in Taipei, and 8,635 in Taoyuan

(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 61,697 local COVID cases on Monday (May 16).

The CECC also confirmed 57 imported cases, bringing the total case count to 830,257. The 29 deaths brought the country's COVID death toll to 1,097.

Local cases

The local cases include 29,648 males, 32,032 females, and 17 cases still under investigation, ranging in age from under 5 to their 90s. With 19,898, New Taipei City reported the most cases, followed by 9,274 in Taipei City, 8,635 in Taoyuan City, 4,357 in Taichung City, 4,191 in Kaohsiung City, 2,612 in Tainan City, 1,756 in Keelung City, 1,646 Yilan County, 1,635 in Hsinchu County, 1,411 in Changhua County, 1,092 in Pingtung County, 1,014 in Miaoli County, 860 Hualien County, 832 in Hsinchu City, 644 in Yunlin County, 493 in Nantou County, 401 in Chiayi County, 379 in Taitung County, 254 in Chiayi City, 153 in Kinmen County, 141 in Penghu County, and 19 in Lienchiang County.

COVID deaths

The 29 COVID deaths announced on Monday include 18 men and 11 women ranging in age from their 20s to their 90s, all of whom were classified as severe cases. Twenty-eight had a history of chronic disease and 16 were not vaccinated. Their dates of diagnosis ranged from April 27 to May 13 and dates of death from May 6-14.

Imported cases

The 57 imported cases include 35 males and 22 females ranging in age from under 5 to their 80s. They arrived between May 14-15, and their country of origin is still under investigation.

COVID case statistics

Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has carried out 9,633,462 COVID tests, with 8,803,188 coming back negative. Of the 830,257 confirmed cases, 12,263 were imported, 817,940 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three from a cargo pilot cluster, one is unresolved, and 14 are under investigation.

Up until now, 1,097 individuals have succumbed to the disease. Of the 1,082 deaths from local infections, 526 were in New Taipei; 375 in Taipei; 54 in Keelung; 36 in Taoyuan; 18 in Changhua County; 14 each in Hsinchu County and Taichung City; seven in Yilan County; six each in Kaohsiung City and Yunlin County, five in Hualien County; four in Pingtung County, Taitung County, and Tainan County; three in Miaoli County; two each in Nantou County and Chiayi County; and one each in Hsinchu City and Chiayi City. The 15 other deaths were imported cases.