CECC advisor Chang Shan-chwen. Photo courtesy of the CECC
Taipei, May 23 (CNA) A total of 270 patients recently confirmed with COVID-19 have been classified as having severe cases of the disease, while 66 are currently on ventilators, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.
The patients with severe cases of the disease account for about 9.7 percent of the 2,795 individuals reported as having contracted the disease between May 15-22, CECC advisor Chang Shan-chwen said at a press briefing.
Of the 66 people on ventilators, two are also on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), Chang added.
According to Chang, those infected with the disease in Taiwan in the current surge of domestic cases have skewed older, with 37 percent over 60 years old.
This is why the number of patients on ventilators has grown, as those who are older are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases and have a higher risk of developing severe COVID-19, Chang said.
To date, Taiwan has reported a total of 4,322 COVID-19 cases, with 3,158 domestic infections, the vast majority of which have been reported since May 15, CECC data shows.
A total of 23 people have died of the disease in Taiwan.
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