Taiwan adds 633 new Covid-19 infections as health crisis deepens

Beijing, May 26 (EFE).- Authorities on Wednesday added 633 new Covid-19 cases in Taiwan, raising the overall caseload to over 6,000 in the region that was almost virus-free last year when the world was struggling with an outbreak.

Health authorities registered 301 new Covid-19 infections from the last 24 hours and added another 330 cases that had gone unreported in previous days from official records.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) said two travelers from abroad also tested positive for the virus.

Taiwan is battling its worst spike in Covid-19 cases since mid-May.

The overall tally of infections now stands at 6,091, of which more than 4,500 caused locally.

The health authorities said 11 people succumbed to the disease over the past day, bringing the total number of deaths due to the virus to 46 since the pandemic began.

The capital Taipei and the New Taipei surrounding area in the extreme north of the island are the worst-hit areas of Taiwan.

Taiwan had best managed the pandemic last year thanks to restrictions imposed on international arrivals shortly after the Chinese city of Wuhan reported the first breakout.

As the health crisis continues to deepen due to a spike in local cases, the authorities on Tuesday extended level 3 of the national health alert until June 14.

Level 3 involves the closure of public areas and non-essential businesses, excluding government offices and health facilities.

Authorities in the capital region have imposed restrictions, including the closure of schools and public spaces such as museums, libraries, gyms, and nightclubs.

So far, the government has not raised the alert to most serious level 4, which would be a complete nationwide lockdown, prohibiting all public events except for essential services, law enforcement, and medical centers.

The level also entails suspending all entry to offices and schools.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said Tuesday said the island would receive 2 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines in June.

The minister said more would by August when the number of doses might reach 10 million in Taiwan, home to over 23 million people. EFE


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