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Taiwan surpasses 100,000 total case mark for COVID, vast majority mild

Local COVID cases went up by 469% from March to April due to Omicron variant, 99.7% asymptomatic, mild

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(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan on Friday (April 29) surpassed the 100,000 COVID case mark of combined local and imported cases, a more than fourfold increase from one month ago, but the overwhelming majority of cases are asymptomatic or mild and resulted in a death rate of 0.8%.

Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced 11,974 local COVID cases on Friday (April 29), topping 10,000 cases for the second day in a row. Chen also confirmed 339 imported cases, bringing the combined local and imported case count to 100,753.

Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has carried out 8,371,328 COVID tests, with 8,268,779 coming back negative, meaning only 1.22% of those tested received a positive result. Of the 100,753 confirmed cases, 11,120 were imported, 89,579 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three were from a cargo pilot cluster, and one is unresolved.

The 100,753 total confirmed cases reported on Friday represent a more than fourfold increase from the 22,992 total cases reported on March 29. This is due to a sudden spike in local infections caused by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

While there were 15,726 total local COVID cases on March 29, this figure leaped by 469% to 89,579 by April 29. Imported cases rose relatively more modestly over this period from 7,212 to 11,120 or 54%.

Out of Taiwan's Omicron cases, 62,817 or 99.70% have been asymptomatic or mild. Only 142 or 0.27% were classified as moderate cases, and a mere 17 or 0.03% were deemed to be severe cases. Taiwan's death toll from COVID since the start of the pandemic has been very low at 862, which signifies that only 0.85% of cases have resulted in death.

In comparison, South Korea has reported 17 million COVID cases and 22,243 deaths, Japan recorded 7.68 million cases and 29,344 deaths, and Hong Kong tallied 1.2 million cases and 9,267 deaths.