Taiwan's daily COVID case count dips below 200 for first time in weeks
Taipei, June 13 (CNA) Taiwan on Sunday reported 175 new cases of COVID-19, the first time the daily total has dropped below 200 since May 15 when 180 new cases were reported, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
All but one of the 175 news cases were domestically transmitted, the CECC said, while reporting 26 deaths from the disease.
The figures indicate the outbreak is abating, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung , who also heads the CECC, said at a CECC news briefing, while urging people not to let their guard down as the recent case count is still high.
Many of the 174 domestic infections on Sunday were in New Taipei, which reported 81 cases, followed by Taipei with 62 cases, Taoyuan with 16 and Keelung with seven.
Changhua confirmed four new cases, Hsinchu reported two, while one each was reported in Taichung and Hualien.
Of the 31 cases outside Taipei and New Taipei, 20 had a known source of infection, while seven had unclear links to other cases and four are still under investigation, the CECC said.
The new cases raise the total number in the country to 12,921, of which 11,713 are domestic infections recorded since May 15, the first day the country reported over 100 cases since the outbreak began in early 2020.
Meanwhile, the CECC reported 26 deaths on Sunday, raising the total to 437 since the outbreak began, including 425 since May 15.
The newly reported fatalities were 15 men and 11 women, from their 50s to 90s, who passed away between June 4 and June 12, the CECC said.
Also Sunday, the CECC reported one imported case which involved a Taiwanese national in his 20s, who returned from the United States on May 17 with proof of a negative test result within three days of his flight and then checked into a quarantine hotel. The man tested positive in the U.S. in April.
He received a self-paid test on June 11, and the results came back positive Sunday, according to the CECC.
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