Premier urges calm amid rising Covid cases
Premier Su Tseng-chang is reassuring residents of Taiwan to remain calm, amid rising infections.
During a press conference today, it was reported that the risk of community transmission of Covid-19 in Taiwan has increased, amid a rising number of clusters with unknown sources of infection.
Premier Su says, although the omicron variant spreads quickly, the symptoms have mostly been mild, and the mortality rate has been low.
He adds that Taiwan's vaccination coverage rate is high, and the availability of medical treatment is currently sufficient, so the public should remain cautious, but not afraid.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported 87 new local cases of Covid-19 today, along with 152 imported cases, and no new deaths from the disease.
The CECC says, the majority of reported domestic cases on Thursday have been linked to recently confirmed clusters around Taiwan, the CECC said.
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says, both today's domestic and imported cases were daily highs for the year.
The CECC did not release any information regarding the vaccination status of the imported cases.
To date, Taiwan has confirmed 23,393 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began, and 853 deaths.