TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 8,822 local COVID cases on Wednesday (April 27) and two deaths.
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 858.
The local cases reported include 4,268 males, 4,551 females, and three cases under investigation ranging in age from under five to their 90s, with their dates of onset ranging from April 1-26. Among Wednesday's cases, 4,138 were asymptomatic.
New Taipei City reported the largest number of cases with 3,241, followed by 1,892 in Taipei City, 1,452 in Taoyuan City, 476 in Keelung City, 356 in Taichung City, 268 in Kaohsiung City, 237 in Hualien County, 179 Tainan City, 135 Yilan County, 110 in Hsinchu County, 98 in Changhua County, 82 in Hsinchu City, 63 in Pingtung County, 62 Yunlin County, 53 in Miaoli County, 35 in Nantou County, 24 in Chiayi County, 23 in Taitung County, 12 each in Chiayi City and Penghu County, 10 in Kinmen County, and two in Lienchiang County.
The two deaths reported on Wednesday include a man in his 70s, case No. 30,381, and a man in his 50s, case No. 35,335, both of whom received two doses of the COVID vaccine. Case No. 30,381 was a local case listed as contact of another case on April 13 and was diagnosed with COVID on April 14. He had a history of cancer, was classified as a severe case, and died on April 20.
Case No. 35,335 was an imported case with a history of chronic illnesses. He arrived in Taiwan from the U.S. on April 16 and returned home to undergo home quarantine after testing negative at the airport.
On April 17, he sought medical attention due to symptoms such as cough, runny nose, vomiting, and headache. After undergoing a medical examination, he opted to return home.
He was diagnosed with COVID on April 18 and on April 19 he was found by family members to have fallen unconscious and was rushed to a hospital. However, his condition worsened and doctors declared him dead that day.
The 101 new imported cases include 58 males and 43 females ranging in age from their teens to their 60s. Of these, 84 tested positive upon arrival at the airport and 17 during quarantine.
They arrived between March 31 and April 26 from Vietnam (12 cases), Spain, Indonesia, Australia, India, and the Philippines. The countries of origin of 82 cases are still being investigated.
COVID case statistics
Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has carried out 8,244,479 COVID tests, with 8,166,125 coming back negative. Of the 76,938 confirmed cases, 10,618 were imported, 66,266 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one is unresolved.
A total of 217 people have been removed as confirmed cases, while 14 cases are still under investigation. Up until now, 858 individuals have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 843 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 each in Miaoli and Hualien counties; two in Yilan County; and one each in Hsinchu City, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, and Taitung County. The 15 other deaths were imported cases.