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Taiwan reports 1,626 local COVID cases, 2 deaths

583 cases reported in New Taipei, 287 in Taipei, and 197 in Taoyuan

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Taiwan reports 1,626 local COVID cases, 2 deaths

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 1,626 local COVID cases and two deaths on Tuesday (April 19).

CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) also confirmed 101 imported cases. The two deaths announced that day bring the country's COVID death toll to 856.

Local cases

The local cases reported include 825 males and 801 females ranging in age from under five to their 90s, with the dates of onset ranging from April 1-19. Among Tuesday's cases, 800 were asymptomatic.

New Taipei City reported the largest number of cases with 583, followed by 287 in Taipei City, 197 in Taoyuan City, 148 in Keelung City, 74 in Hualien County, 64 in Kaohsiung City, 61 in Yilan County, 50 in Taichung City, 45 in Tainan City, 27 in Hsinchu City, 20 in Hsinchu County, 17 in Pingtung County, 12 each in Miaoli County and Changhua County, eight each in Yunlin County and Taitung County, four in Nantou County, three each in Chiayi County and Lienchiang County, two in Chiayi City, and one in Penghu County.

Imported cases

The 101 new imported cases include 42 males and 59 females ranging in age from under five to their 50s. Of these, 89 tested positive upon arrival at the airport and 12 during quarantine.

They arrived between March 8 and April 18 from China, the U.K., Australia, and the U.S. The country of origin of 97 cases is still being investigated.

COVID deaths

The two deaths reported on Tuesday include a two-year-old boy and a man in his 90s. The toddler, case No. 31,552, was a resident of New Taipei City who had no history of chronic disease and had not been vaccinated.

The boy became ill on April 13, was diagnosed on April 15, and was admitted to an intensive care unit. Doctors intubated him and placed him on a ventilator as they administered steroids, immunomodulators, and Remdesivir. However, on Monday evening (April 18) he succumbed to sepsis and brainstem encephalitis brought on by the COVID infection .

The elderly man, case No. 30,297, had a history of cancer, heart failure, and chronic kidney disease. He had received three doses of the COVID vaccine but began experiencing symptoms of the virus on April 13.

He was diagnosed with COVID on April 14. An X-ray revealed that the man had pneumonia and he was treated with Remdesivir, but he died of acute renal failure caused by the COVID infection.

COVID case statistics

Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has carried out 7,777,985 COVID tests, with 7,739,719 coming back negative. Of the 37,710 confirmed cases, 9,889 were imported, 27,767 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one is unresolved.

A total of 198 people have been removed as confirmed cases, while 14 cases are still under investigation. Up until now, 856 individuals have succumbed to the disease.

Of the 842 deaths from local infections, 415 were in New Taipei; 322 in Taipei; 30 in Keelung; 28 in Taoyuan; 15 in Changhua County; 13 in Hsinchu County; five in Taichung; three in Miaoli County; two each in Yilan and Hualien counties; and one each in Hsinchu City, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, and Taitung County. The 14 other deaths were imported cases.