Taiwan reports 286 new local infections, tally at 12,500

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung speaks at a press conference on June 11. (Screengrab from CECC livestream)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) announced on Friday 286 new local infections, 1 imported case and 24 deaths, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to 12,500.

The new cases reported today include 141 men and 145 women with the youngest being under 5 years old and the oldest being over 90. They began showing symptoms between May 19 and June 10.

Among the community infections reported today, New Taipei City accounted for 120 cases, Miaoli County reported 56 cases and Taipei City reported 49 cases.

Also, Taoyuan City reported 19 cases, Hsinchu County reported 12 cases, Keelung City reported 8 cases, Changhua County listed 7 cases and Taichung City reported 4 cases.

Yilan County and Hsinchu City both reported 3 cases each, Yilan County and Hualien County listed 2 each, and Tainan City reported another case today.

Meanwhile, 24 virus-related deaths were reported today by the CECC, including 12 men and 12 women. According to the CECC, the ages of cases range between 50 and 90, and their infection symptoms developed between May 3 and June 8.

They tested positive between May 15 and June 10, and their deaths were reported between June 2 and June 9.

In addition, an imported case from Thailand was also reported today.
Case 12479 is a Thai migrant worker in his thirties who tested positive for the virus on February 7 prior to his arrival in Taiwan.

He arrived in Taiwan on March 23 and submitted negative test results. When his quarantine period ended on April 7, he was tested again and the results came back negative.

On June 8, he began developing symptoms such as fever and coughs and was tested two days later; his infection was confirmed today.

Thirteen possible contacts have been listed by the CECC as of press time, and all are under quarantine.

As of June 11, 12,500 cases have been confirmed so far, including 1,153 imported cases, 11,294 local infections, 36 cases aboard the Dunmu (敦睦) ship, 2 cases including and relating to an infected pilot who violated quarantine in Taiwan, 1 unknown case, and 14 whose infection sources are still being investigated.

A total of 87 cases have been removed from the confirmed infections list by the CECC as well. Among the confirmed cases, 385 people have died.