Taiwan Facing Worst COVID-19 Outbreak

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) of Taiwan reported on Friday 12,313 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, setting a new daily high and surpassing the 10,000 local case mark for the second day.

According to the CECC, 339 of the 12,313 new cases were contracted abroad, with 260 of them tested positive on arrival, while 11,974 were domestically transmitted.

CECC Head Chen Shih-chung also confirmed two deaths on Friday, bringing the country’s COVID death toll to 860.

On Tuesday, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said that the total number of COVID cases in the city could reach 500,000 by May 18 and that a “soft lockdown” may be necessary if a “certain level” of infections is reached.

Meanwhile, CECC warned that reporting false numbers of COVID-19 cases is punishable by imprisonment of not more than three days or a fine of not more than US$1,023, local media Taiwan News reported.

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