Weekly Covid cases dip slightly
The Centers for Disease Control says the number of serious coronavirus infections fell slightly week-on-week, but continues on a plateau that has lasted for much of this month.
According to the CDC, it recorded a daily average of 232 moderate to severe cases from between 21 and 27 June and that was an 8% decline from the previous week's daily average.
However, the CDC is warning that despite the slight dip, the current wave of infections likely remains in its peak phase, and could rise slightly following this past weekend's four-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday.
Figures show that the number of coronavirus-related fatalities averaged at around 24 per day from 18-24 June, a decline of 20% from the previous week while it's estimated that Taiwan is currently seeing around 23,200 new infections on a daily basis.
Health officials say the current surge is being driven by the Omicron XBB subvariant, which is also the dominant strain globally.