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Taiwan reports 68,939 local COVID cases, 143 deaths

10,756 COVID cases reported in Taichung, 10,001 in Kaohsiung, and 8,348 in New Taipei

(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

(Taiwan News, Yuwen Lin image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 68,939 local COVID cases on Wednesday (June 15), a 4.2% increase from the previous day.

Philip Lo (羅一鈞), deputy head of the CECC's medical response division, also confirmed 26 imported cases, bringing the country's total case count to 3,072,432. The 143 deaths reported that day brought the country's total COVID death toll to 4,546.

Local cases

The local cases include 33,178 males, 35,736 females, and 25 cases still under investigation, ranging in age from under 5 to their 90s. Taichung City reported the most cases with 10,756, followed by 10,001 in Kaohsiung City, 8,348 in New Taipei City, 6,987 in Tainan City, 5,845 in Taoyuan City, 5,541 in Changhua County, 4,387 in Taipei City, 3,150 in Pingtung County, 1,716 in Yunlin County, 1,676 in Miaoli County, 1,552 in Hsinchu County, 1,486 in Nantou County, 1,283 in Chiayi County, 1,227 in Hsinchu City, 1,221 in Yilan County, 901 in Hualien County, 837 in Keelung City, 789 Taitung County, 783 in Chiayi City, 279 in Penghu County, 141 in Kinmen County, and 33 in Lienchiang County.

COVID deaths

The 143 deaths announced on Wednesday include 82 men and 61 women ranging in age from their 30s to their 90s. All of these patients were classified as severe cases, 141 had a history of chronic disease, and 102 had not received their third dose of the COVID vaccine. Their dates of diagnosis ranged from May 18 to June 12 and dates of death from May 28 to June 12.

Imported cases

The 26 imported cases include 15 males and 11 females ranging in age from their teens to their 60s. Between June 4-14, three arrived from the U.S., one from the Philippines, and one from Vietnam, while the countries of origin of 21 other passengers are still being investigated.

COVID case statistics

Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has carried out 12,467,209 COVID tests, with 9,392,379 coming back negative. Of the 3,072,432 confirmed cases, 13,560 were imported, 3,058,818 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, 4,546 individuals have succumbed to the disease. Of the 4,531 deaths from local infections, 1,400 were in New Taipei City; 779 in Taipei City; 340 in Taoyuan City; 337 in Taichung City; 313 in Kaohsiung City; 226 in Tainan City; 182 in Changhua County; 141 in Pingtung County; 140 in Keelung City; 100 in Yilan County; 86 in Nantou County; 77 in Yunlin County; 72 in Hualien County; 64 in Hsinchu County; 63 in Taitung County; 61 in Chiayi County; 59 in Miaoli County; 46 in Chiayi City; 32 in Hsinchu City, eight in Kinmen County, and five in Penghu County. The 15 other deaths were imported cases.