Taiwan has extended the level 3 alert for a continued outbreak of Covid-19, reporting 281 new local cases today and six more deaths.
The largest group of new cases – tested yesterday – returned to the city of New Taipei (155), while 49 were found in the capital, Taipei. Two new cases detected in Taitung mean that there is now community transmission of Covid-19 in all counties of Taiwan.
All of Taiwan is currently the third in a four-tier alert system and all schools were ordered to close by the end of the month. The CECC said both measures extended until June 14 and stated that all school graduation ceremonies should be canceled or held online.
Previously, it has been said that the level 4 alert, which would lead to a strict blockade, would not be triggered until there were 14 consecutive days of more than 100 cases, with 50% untracked. While it appears that it can reach the 14-day threshold, the number of untraced cases is less than 50%.
Second decline of the consecutive day in the average of 7 days, 6 more deaths, level 3 was extended to 14/6, a total of 12 million more vaccine doses to reach August. https://t.co/cUpfuDCN8V
May 25, 2021
At the daily press conference, the epidemic command center also announced 261 additional cases over the past week, including 155 in Taipei, as it is through a cumulative thousands of tests. Updated daily totals revealed that Taiwan’s daily case numbers last week were mostly 400, up from 510 on June 17th.
Chen Shi-chung, the health and welfare minister, said two million doses of vaccine were expected to arrive by the end of June and another 10 million by the end of August. To date, Taiwan has only received 700,000 doses of AstraZeneca for its 24 million people. It was not clear exactly where the doses came from, but he later said a locally developed vaccine, which is currently being tested, but is being monitored quickly, was included in the 10 million.
Taiwan has orders from Covax, Moderna and Pfizer.
“We expect all shipments to arrive on time and urge Covax to be free from the impact of ‘other factors’, so our vaccine will be correct on time,” he said, seemingly alluding to Chinese interference. , an accusation that Taiwan has filed against Beijing for some vaccine supplies, but one that China denies, saying it has offered to send vaccines to Taiwan.