TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 874 local COVID cases on Thursday (April 14), over 100 more than the previous day and the highest single-day case count in Taiwan since the start of the pandemic.
CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) also confirmed 108 imported cases. The command center did not announce any deaths, leaving the COVID death toll at 854.
The 874 local cases reported include 450 males, 423 females, and one case under investigation ranging in age from under five to over 100, with the dates of onset ranging from April 2-14. Among Thursday's cases, 467 were asymptomatic.
New Taipei City reported the largest number of cases with 360, followed by 164 in Taipei City, 87 in Taoyuan City, 60 in Keelung City, 46 in Hualien County, 42 in Kaohsiung City, 25 in Taichung City, 23 in Hsinchu County, 19 in Tainan City, 15 in Yilan County, 11 and Hsinchu City, five in Pingtung County, four in Taitung County, three each in Nantou County, Changhua County, and Miaoli County, two in Chiayi City, and one each in Yunlin County and Chiayi County.
The 108 new imported cases include 50 males and 58 females ranging in age from under five to their 70s. Of these, 75 tested positive upon arrival at the airport and 33 during quarantine.
They arrived between March 17 and April 13 from Vietnam (16 cases), Thailand, Australia, Japan, and the U.S. The country of origin of 85 cases is still being investigated.
COVID case statistics
Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has carried out 7,541,156 COVID tests, with 7,510,160 coming back negative. Of the 30,574 confirmed cases, 9,374 were imported, 21,146 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one is unresolved.
A total of 189 people have been removed as confirmed cases, while 14 cases are still under investigation.