TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 82,363 local COVID cases on Tuesday (May 24), a 24% increase from the previous day.
CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) also confirmed 72 imported cases, bringing the country's total case count to 1,469,019. The 42 deaths brought the country's COVID death toll to 1,478.
The local cases include 39,116 males, 43,212 females, and 35 cases still under investigation, ranging in age from under five to their 90s. New Taipei City reported the most cases with 16,609, followed by 10,532 in Taoyuan City, 9,437 in Kaohsiung City, 8,989 in Taichung City, 8,566 in Taipei City, 5,593 in Tainan City, 4,120 in Changhua County, 2,670 in Pingtung County, 2,186 in Hsinchu County, 2,128 Yilan County, 1,897 in Keelung City, 1,630 in Miaoli, 1,583 in Hsinchu City, 1,243 in Nantou County, 1,216 in Yunlin County, 1,211 Hualien County, 911 in Taitung County, 890 in Chiayi County, 585 in Chiayi City, 210 in Penghu County, 119 in Kinmen County, and 38 in Lienchiang County.
The 42 deaths announced on Tuesday include 25 males and 17 females ranging in age from their teens to their 90s, all of whom had been classified as severe cases. Thirty-nine had a history of chronic disease and 16 were not vaccinated. Their dates of diagnosis ranged from May 1-21 and dates of death from May 13-22.
The 72 imported cases include 44 males and 28 females ranging in age from under five to their 70s. They arrived from the U.S. (seven cases) and France (two cases) between May 22 and May 23, while the countries of origin of 63 other cases are still being investigated.
COVID case statistics
Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has carried out 10,453,240 COVID tests, with 8,987,906 coming back negative. Of the 1,469,019 confirmed cases, 12,631 were imported, 1,456,334 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, 1,478 individuals have succumbed to the disease. Of the 1,463 deaths from local infections, 656 were in New Taipei City; 454 in Taipei City; 75 in Keelung City; 42 in Taoyuan City; 40 in Taichung City; 33 in Changhua County; 29 in Kaohsiung City; 26 in Hualien County; 18 in Pingtung County; 17 in Hsinchu County; 16 in Tainan City; 12 Taitung County; 11 in Yunlin County; nine in Yilan County; seven in Chiayi County; six each in Miaoli County and Nantou County; three in Chiayi City; two in Kinmen County; and one in Hsinchu City. The 15 other deaths were imported cases.