TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 744 local COVID cases on Wednesday (April 13), the highest single-day case count in Taiwan since the start of the pandemic.
CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) also confirmed 189 imported cases and announced zero deaths, leaving the COVID death toll at 854.
The 744 local cases reported include 358 males, 385 females, and one case under investigation ranging in age from under five to their 90s, with the date of onset spanning from April 4-12. Among Wednesday's cases, 368 were asymptomatic.
New Taipei City reported the largest number of cases with 264, followed by 141 in Taipei City, 65 in Taoyuan City, 56 in Keelung City, 50 in Kaohsiung City, 48 in Hualien County, 23 each in Hsinchu County and Taichung City, 14 each in Yilan County and Pingtung County, 12 in Tainan City, 11 in Hsinchu City, seven in Changhua County, four in Taitung County, three each in Miaoli County, Chiayi City, and Chiayi County, two in Yunlin County, and one in Nantou County.
The 189 new imported cases include 81 males, 101 females, and seven cases under investigation, ranging in age from under five to their 70s. Of these, 95 tested positive upon arrival at the airport and 94 during quarantine.
They arrived between March 11 and April 12 from Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Canada, the U.S., the Philippines, South Korea, France, Qatar, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Spain, and Belgium. The country of origin of 115 cases is still being investigated.
COVID case statistics
Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has reported 29,593 confirmed cases. Of these, 9,266 were imported, 20,273 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one is unresolved.
A total of 188 people have been removed as confirmed cases, while 14 cases are still under investigation.