TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 30,035 local COVID cases on Thursday (May 5), the first time the country has reported more than 30,000 infections in one day.
CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) also confirmed 71 imported cases, bringing the total case count to 232,402. Chen announced five deaths, bringing the country's COVID death toll to 886.
The local cases reported include 14,634 males, 15,386 females, and 15 cases under investigation ranging in age from under 5 to their 90s. New Taipei City reported the largest number of cases with 10,122, followed by 6,422 in Taipei City, 4,872 in Taoyuan City, 1,776 in Taichung City, 1,136 in Kaohsiung City, 924 in Keelung City, 847 in Tainan City, 675 in Yilan County, 625 Hualien County, 570 in Hsinchu County, 460 in Pingtung County, 382 in Changhua County, 246 in Yunlin County, 204 in Miaoli County, 194 in Hsinchu City, 152 in Taitung County, 151 in Nantou County, 121 in Chiayi County, 93 in Chiayi City, 35 in Penghu County, 22 in Kinmen County, and six in Lienchiang County.
The five COVID deaths announced on Thursday include two men and three women ranging in age from their 20s to their 80s, all of whom were classified as severe cases and had a history of chronic disease. The dates of diagnosis ranged from April 24 to April 29 and the dates of death ranged from April 26-29.
The 71 imported cases include 37 males and 34 females ranging in age from under 5 to their 70s. Their dates of entry ranged from March 13 to May 4.
COVID case statistics
Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has carried out 8,740,450 COVID tests, with 8,503,984 coming back negative. Of the 232,402 confirmed cases, 11,611 were imported, 220,737 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three were from a cargo pilot cluster, one is unresolved, and 14 are under investigation.
Up until now, 886 individuals have succumbed to the disease. Of the 871 deaths from local infections, 422 were in New Taipei; 328 in Taipei; 34 in Keelung; 32 in Taoyuan; 15 in Changhua County; 14 in Hsinchu County; five in Taichung; four each in Hualien and Yilan counties; three each in Miaoli and Pingtung counties; two in Kaohsiung City; and one each in Hsinchu City, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Tainan City, and Taitung County. The 15 other deaths were imported cases.