TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (June 24) reported 129 new local COVID-19 cases, a 24 percent increase over the previous day.
Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced 130 new coronavirus infections, including 129 local infections and one imported case. He also announced six deaths, bringing the country's COVID death toll to 605.
The latest local cases include 64 males and 65 females between the ages of five and 90, with the dates of symptom onset and testing ranging from June 4-23. Of these cases, 54 were in New Taipei City, 35 in Taipei City, nine in Keelung City, seven in Taoyuan City, six each in Pingtung County and Kaohsiung City, five each in Miaoli and Hsinchu counties, and two in Nantou County.
Epidemiological investigations determined that of the 40 cases outside Taipei and New Taipei City, 38 were from known sources and two were from unknown sources. Related investigations are ongoing.
Chen said the six coronavirus-related deaths reported Thursday included five men and one woman between the ages of 50 and 80. The dates of symptom onset and testing ranged from May 11 to June 4.
The dates of diagnosis ranged between May 15 and June 5, while the dates of death ranged from June 18-23.
Chen pointed out that among the 12,958 cases announced between May 11 and June 22, 9,288 have been released from quarantine. This means the ratio of those released from isolation has reached 71.7 percent of confirmed cases.
According to Chen, the day's sole imported infection, case No. 14,386, is a Taiwanese woman in her 60s who returned to Taiwan from Brazil on June 9. As her quarantine was set to expire, she underwent a coronavirus test on June 22 and was diagnosed on June 24.
COVID case statistics
Since the outbreak began, Taiwan has carried out 1,180,033 COVID-19 tests, with 1,164,226 coming back negative. Out of the 14,389 confirmed cases, 1,167 were imported, 13,169 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," two were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one was an unresolved case.
A total of 102 people have been removed as confirmed cases, while 14 cases are still under investigation. Up until now, 605 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 597 deaths from local infections, 304 were in New Taipei City, 237 in Taipei, 19 in Keelung, 15 in Taoyuan, nine in Changhua County, four in Taichung, two each in Yilan, Hsinchu, and Hualien counties, and one each in Taitung and Yunlin counties, Kaohsiung, and Hualien County. The eight other deaths were imported cases.