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Taiwan reports 2,386 local COVID cases

822 COVID cases reported in New Taipei, 471 in Taipei, and 387 in Taoyuan

(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (April 20) announced 2,386 local COVID cases, a 46% increase from the previous day.

CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) also confirmed 95 imported cases. The command center did not announce any deaths, leaving the COVID death toll at 856.

Local cases

The local cases reported include 1,232 males and 1,154 females ranging in age from under five to their 90s, with the dates of onset ranging from March 19 to April 20. Among Wednesday's cases, 1,267 were asymptomatic.

New Taipei City reported the largest number of cases with 822, followed by 471 in Taipei City, 387 in Taoyuan City, 191 in Keelung City, 97 in Kaohsiung City, 89 in Yilan County, 86 in Hualien County, 76 in Taichung City, 31 in Pingtung County, 24 in Tainan City, 23 in Hsinchu County, 17 each in Changhua County and Nantou County, 16 in Miaoli County, 14 in Yunlin County, 11 in Hsinchu City, five in Taitung County, three each in Chiayi City and Lienchiang County, two in Chiayi County, and one in Penghu County.

Imported cases

The 95 new imported cases include 54 males and 41 females ranging in age from under 10 to their 60s. Of these, 82 tested positive upon arrival at the airport and 13 during quarantine.

They arrived between March 21 and April 19 from Vietnam (four cases), the U.K., and Thailand. The country of origin of 89 cases is still being investigated.

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 40,186 confirmed cases, 9,985 were imported, 30,147 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one is unresolved.

A total of 203 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.