Taiwan reports nearly 500 new cases as Covid outbreak spreads

Beijing, May 29 (EFE).- Taiwan on Saturday reported 493 new coronavirus infections and the deaths of 21 people from Covid-19.

Taiwan’s Center for Disease Control said that of the 493, 320 were local infections diagnosed on Friday, while 7 were detected in travelers from abroad and the remaining 166 are positive from previous days that had not yet been included in the statistics.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung also warned that the outbreak, the island’s worst since the beginning of the pandemic, is spreading throughout the rest of territory from the main hotspots in the north.

“Infections are rising outside of Taipei and New Taipei cities, while the range of areas affected is also growing,” Chen Shih-chung said.

Taiwan is one of the territories that had better managed the pandemic globally, largely because it imposed severe restrictions on travelers from abroad shortly after the first global outbreak of Covid was declared in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in early 2020.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Taiwan has reported a total 7,806 infections and 99 deaths. EFE


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