CECC calls Covid-19 situation stable

17 June, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT

Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported 170 new coronavirus cases and 18 deaths yesterday, marking the fourth consecutive day that Taiwan has seen fewer than 200 new cases.

Health minister Chen Shih-chung says although the number of cases on Wednesday was slightly higher than the number of cases reported on Tuesday, the current coronavirus situation in Taiwan is "stable".

Of the 170 new cases, 167 were domestic infections, with New Taipei reporting 65 cases, followed by Taipei with 50, and Miaoli County with 21.

All but one of the latest cases in Miaoli are among tech firm employees, who had earlier tested negative for the virus and have been in quarantine for the past two weeks.

And the health minister is warning that more cases are expected to be confirmed in Miaoli in coming days, as the CECC is carrying out a second round of testing at tech companies there where cluster infections were confirmed earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Taoyuan reported 14 cases, Hualien County eight, Hsinchu County five, and Keelung two, while one each is being reported in Kaohsiung and Taichung.

Four of the new domestic cases have unknown sources of infection.

The three imported cases involve two Philippine nationals who came to Taiwan for work purposes, and a Taiwanese national who recently returned from the Philippines.

The latest cases bring the total number here in Taiwan since the pandemic began to 13,409.

The 18 fatalities were nine men and nine women, aged between 30 and 100, who passed away between 6 and 14 June and that brings the total death toll to 478, of which 466 have been recorded since 15 May.

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