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Taiwan to consider no longer announcing COVID backlog numbers separately

Backlog problems can be resolved within 2 days: Central Epidemic Command Center

Soldiers disinfecting an MRT station Tuesday 

Soldiers disinfecting an MRT station Tuesday  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the numbers of COVID-19 backlog cases are falling rapidly, it's possible they will no longer be announced separately, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) chief Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Tuesday (June 1).

Chen surprised the public on May 22 by dividing the number of COVID cases between new ones and patients who had been diagnosed with the virus earlier but were reported to the CECC later due to the sheer number of test results coming in.

However, over the past few days, the number of retroactive cases has been falling, from 166 on Saturday (May 29) to 65 Tuesday, the fewest since May 22.

Chen said at the daily CECC news conference that the number of backlog cases has become relatively small and no longer has a major impact on the overall numbers. Thus, he is considering not announcing them separately anymore, CNA reported.

The remaining number of backlog cases could be resolved within the next two days through cooperation between IT specialists and hospitals, according to CECC officials.

Updated : 2021-06-17 10:44 GMT+08:00