Taiwan reports 50,828 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

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Taipei, May 10 (CNA) Taiwan’s single-day COVID-19 cases topped 50,000 for the first time on Tuesday, as it recorded 50,828 new cases and 12 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new cases included 50,780 locally transmitted infections and 48 acquired abroad, the CECC said.

The 12 people who died from complications from COVID-19 were eight men and four women in their 20s to 90s. They tested positive between April 28 and May 8 and died between May 6 and May 8, according to CECC data.

The youngest was a New Taipei woman in her twenties who had received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. She had a history of asthma and anemia, according to CECC data.

The patient developed symptoms on May 3 and was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on May 4, before dying on May 6, the CECC said.

Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞), deputy director general of the Centers for Disease Control in Taiwan, told the CECC press conference that the woman was about 30 weeks pregnant and had difficulty breathing after being infected with COVID-19.

Doctors performed an emergency cesarean in an attempt to save the child, but were unable to revive him, Lo said, adding that the mother later died on Saturday.

The inquest showed that the woman died of an acute pulmonary embolism and COVID-19.

The other 11 patients who died were over the age of 50 and most had underlying health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease, cirrhosis of the liver and cancer, according to CECC data.

Only three of the 11 never received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while the others had been inoculated with at least one dose, the CECC data showed.

The CECC also reported Tuesday that 34 patients developed moderate symptoms and 14 developed severe symptoms.

Of the 370,933 domestic cases recorded in Taiwan from Jan. 1 to May 9, 689 were classified as moderate infections and 136 as severe infections, accounting for 0.19 percent and 0.04 percent of the total, respectively, according to CECC data.

In all other cases, the patients were either asymptomatic or had only mild symptoms, the CECC said.

On Tuesday, New Taipei reported the highest number of national cases – 16,906 – followed by Taipei with 10,283, Taoyuan with 7,006, Taichung with 3,346 and Kaohsiung with 2,552.

Tainan reported 1,774 cases, Keelung 1,734, Yilan County 1,279, Hsinchu County 933, Hualien County 759, Changhua County 736, Pingtung County 680, Hsinchu City 658, Yunlin County 620, Miaoli County 523, Nantou County 307, Taitung County 222 and Chiayi County 216 and Chiayi City 138.

Penghu County has reported 64 cases, Kinmen County 43 and Matsu Islands one.

Meanwhile, of the 48 new imported cases, 43 were travelers who tested positive upon arrival in Taiwan, according to the CECC.

To date, Taiwan has confirmed 448,323 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 436,306 locally transmitted infections.

With the 12 deaths reported on Tuesday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the country has reached 943, with 90 recorded this year.

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