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Taiwan reports 65,794 local COVID cases, 38 deaths

18,400 COVID cases reported in New Taipei, 10,184 in Taoyuan, and 9,772 in Taipei

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(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 65,794 local COVID cases on Tuesday (May 17).

CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) also confirmed 39 imported cases, bringing the total case count to 896,059. The 38 deaths brought the country's COVID death toll to 1,135.

Local cases

The local cases include 31,827 males, 33,947 females, and 20 cases still under investigation, ranging in age from under 5 to their 90s. With 18,400, New Taipei City reported the most cases, followed by 10,184 in Taoyuan City, 9,772 in Taipei City, 4,979 in Kaohsiung City, 4,770 in Taichung City, 2,844 in Tainan City, 2,105 in Hsinchu County, 1,917 in Keelung City, 1,613 in Changhua County, 1,536 in Pingtung County, 1,481 Yilan County, 1,200 Hualien County, 1,129 in Miaoli County, 1,124 in Hsinchu City, 614 in Nantou County, 581 in Yunlin County, 556 in Chiayi County, 405 in Taitung County, 345 in Chiayi City, 146 in Penghu County, 81 in Kinmen County, and 12 in Lienchiang County.

COVID deaths

The 38 COVID deaths announced on Tuesday include 16 men and 22 women ranging in age from their 30s to their 90s, all of whom were classified as severe cases. Thirty seven had a history of chronic disease, and 18 were not vaccinated. Their dates of diagnosis ranged from April 29 to May 15 and dates of death from May 3-15.

Imported cases

The 39 imported cases include 17 males and 22 females ranging in age from under 10 to their 70s. They arrived between May 3-16, and their country of origin is still under investigation.

COVID case statistics

Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has carried out 9,729,489 COVID tests, with 8,830,935 coming back negative. Of the 896,059 confirmed cases, 12,301 were imported, 883,704 were local, 36 came from the Navy's "Goodwill Fleet," three from a cargo pilot cluster, one is unresolved, and 14 are under investigation.

Up until now, 1,135 individuals have succumbed to the disease. Of the 1,120 deaths from local infections, 542 were in New Taipei City; 381 in Taipei City; 57 in Keelung City; 36 in Taoyuan City; 19 in Changhua County; 17 in Taichung County; 14 in Hsinchu County; nine in Hualien County, eight in Yilan County; six each in Kaohsiung City, Yunlin County, and Pingtung County; five each in Taitung County and Tainan City; three in Miaoli County; two each in Nantou County and Chiayi County; and one each in Hsinchu City and Chiayi City. The 15 other deaths were imported cases.