CECC reports 50,636 Covid cases
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday reported 50,636 new Covid cases, of which 50,561 were domestic infections.
Taichung reported the highest number of cases, with 7,820. That's followed by Kaohsiung with 7,391, and New Taipei with 6,133 cases. Health officials say 140 previously reported cases have been listed as severe, while 145 other cases have developed moderate symptoms. 172 new deaths were being reported. The deceased ranged in age from 3 to over 90 years in age. They consisted of 166 individuals who had chronic illnesses or other severe diseases, and 68 who were unvaccinated.
That brings the number of confirmed coronavirus-related fatalities here in Taiwan since the pandemic began to 5,221.
In other Covid news, the CECC says it will be taking delivery of 450,000 doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine in early July. The doses will be used to supply up to 900,000 shots for children aged between 6 months and 5 years.The pending rollout of the Moderna vaccine for children under the age of 5 comes after the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorisation for the vaccine last Friday.
Cabinet spokesman Luo Bing-cheng says the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is expected to issue vaccination recommendations for that age group by the end of this month.
The CECC has said it hopes to begin administering vaccine doses to children aged between 6 months and 5 years in the third week of July.Health officials have not said what kind of uptake they're expecting for the new age group but of children aged between 5 and 11, some 73.5% have now received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine since they became eligible for shots last month.