Coronavirus Cases: For the first time in Taiwan, more than 10,000 new cases of Kovid were registered on Thursday. The government of Taiwan has recently decided to move away from its zero-covid policy and live with the corona virus. Taiwan has largely closed its borders and implemented strict quarantine rules during the pandemic to keep the number of infections down.
Corona infection is increasing once again. This week in the capital city of Taipei, residents can be seen lined up outside pharmacies to buy test kits. Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said, "We have 11,353 local infection cases, two deaths and 164 imported cases."
‘Cases are sure to rise sharply’
According to Taiwan’s Ministry of Health, of the 51,504 infections recorded since January 1 this year, 99.7 percent are mild or asymptomatic – There were seven Kovid-19 deaths in the period. Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said, "We are at a stage where there is sure to be a rapid increase in (infection) cases, which is inevitable."
Chen warned that the island’s daily infection cases could more than double in a week to 37,000. About 80 percent of Taiwan’s population has been double vaccinated, while 58 percent have received a third booster. However, vaccine take-up among the elderly (the demographic most at risk) remains a concern for Taiwan, with only 59 percent of those over 75 having a full three jabs. Taiwan has reported 88,000 cases and 860 deaths since the pandemic began.