TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 1,209 local COVID cases on Friday (April 15), a 38% increase from the 874 local cases reported the previous day.
CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) also confirmed 75 imported cases. The command center did not announce any deaths, leaving the COVID death toll at 854.
The 1,209 local cases reported include 548 males, 660 females, and 1 case under investigation ranging in age from under 5 to their 90s, with the dates of onset spanning from March 30 to April 15. Among Friday's cases, 710 were asymptomatic.
New Taipei City reported the largest number of cases with 328, followed by 290 in Taoyuan City, 146 in Hualien County, 140 in Taipei City, 58 Kaohsiung City, 48 Keelung City, 40 Yilan County, 33 Taichung City, 22 each in Tainan City and Taitung County, 21 in Pingtung County, 18 in Hsinchu City, 16 in Miaoli County, 15 in Hsinchu County, three each in Chiayi County, Yunlin County, and Changhua County, two in Chiayi City, and one in Nantou County.
The 75 new imported cases include 43 males, 31 females, and one case under investigation ranging in age from under five to their 90s. Of these, 68 tested positive upon arrival at the airport and seven during quarantine.
They arrived between March 26 and April 14 from Vietnam (12 cases), Australia, Indonesia, Germany, the U.K., France, Japan, and Hong Kong. The country of origin of 55 cases is still being investigated.
COVID case statistics
Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has carried out 7,591,631 COVID tests, with 7,559,513 coming back negative. Of the 31,857 confirmed cases, 9,448 were imported, 22,355 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one is unresolved.
A total of 190 people have been removed as confirmed cases, while 14 cases are still under investigation.