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Taiwan surpasses 10,000 local COVID case mark with 11,353 infections

4,552 COVID cases reported in New Taipei, 2,424 in Taipei, and 1,481 in Taoyuan

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(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 11,353 local COVID cases on Thursday (April 28), the first time the country has reported more than 10,000 infections in one day.

CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) also confirmed 164 imported cases. Chen announced two deaths that day, bringing the country's COVID death toll to 860.

Local cases

The local cases reported include 5,394 males, 5,957 females, and two cases under investigation ranging in age from under five to their 90s, with their dates of onset ranging from March 26 to April 27. Among Thursday's cases, 5,953 were asymptomatic.

New Taipei City reported the largest number of cases with 4,552, followed by 2,424 in Taipei City, 1,481 in Taoyuan City, 621 in Taichung City, 504 in Keelung City, 340 in Kaohsiung City, 303 in Hualien County, 193 Tainan City, 171 Yilan County, 115 in Hsinchu County, 113 in Hsinchu City, 103 in Changhua County, 94 in Pingtung County, 87 in Taitung County, 83 Yunlin County, 63 in Miaoli County, 42 in Nantou County, 26 in Chiayi County, 24 in Chiayi City, six in Lienchiang County, and four each in Penghu County and Kinmen County.

COVID deaths

The two deaths reported on Thursday include a man in his 70s, case No. 36928, and a woman in her 60s, case No. 40627. They both were diagnosed as severe cases and neither had received the COVID vaccine.

Case No. 36,928 began to experience symptoms of the virus such as a cough and fever on April 18 and was admitted to a hospital to undergo examination and treatment. He was diagnosed with COVID on April 19.

He had a history of chronic diseases and cancer. He was treated with Remdesivir and placed on a ventilator and died on April 22.

Case No. 40,627 was tested for COVID on April 19 because she had been listed as a contact of a confirmed case. On April 20, she collapsed while at home and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Her condition continued to deteriorate despite efforts by doctors to save her life and she was declared dead that day.

Imported cases

The 164 new imported cases include 80 males, 83 females, and one under investigation ranging in age from under five to their 70s. Of these, 115 tested positive upon arrival at the airport and 49 during quarantine.

They arrived between March 9 and April 27 from Indonesia (three cases), the Netherlands, and Vietnam. The countries of origin of 159 cases are still being investigated.

COVID case statistics

Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has carried out 8,309,027 COVID tests, with 8,218,899 coming back negative. Of the 88,446 confirmed cases, 10,783 were imported, 77,609 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one is unresolved.

Up until now, 860 individuals have succumbed to the disease. Of the 845 deaths from local infections, 416 were in New Taipei; 322 in Taipei; 31 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.