Second day of fewer than 200 Covid-19 cases
Courtesy of ICRT
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported fewer than 200 new coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day yesterday for the first time since 15 May.
A total of 185 new domestic cases are being reported along with 15 more deaths.
According to health minister Chen Shih-chung, the lower figures show that the number of confirmed cases is dropping, in particular in Taipei and New Taipei, where the most cases have been reported.
However, Chen says although this is a "positive sign as a result of joint efforts" the health minister is stressing the need for the public "not to let its guard down" - as Taiwan still has a relatively high number of confirmed cases, and "it is not time to relax.
Of the 185 new cases, more than half were in New Taipei, which reported 98 cases, followed by Taipei with 42 cases, Keelung with 14, Taoyuan with 10, and seven to Miaoli County.
Hualien County has confirmed four cases, three cases each are being reported in Changhua and Hsinchu counties while one each is being reported in Taichung City and Yunlin County.
Of the 45 cases outside Taipei and New Taipei, 37 have a known source of infection, while five have unclear links to other cases and three are still under investigation.
The latest cases bring the total here in Taiwan since the pandemic began to 13,106.
The 15 new fatalities were nine men and six women, in their 50s to 90s, who passed away between 5 and 13 June.
The CECC says of the 11,547 cases confirmed between 11 May and 12 June, more than half of them have recovered and been released from quarantine.
As of 14 June, there were 398 patients in dedicated ICUs and another 2,198 patients hospitalized in rooms set aside for coronavirus patients.