Pandemic in Taiwan Continues to Ease, Covid-19 Cases Below 100

Taiwan's daily local Covid-19 cases on Monday (21/6) for the first time in more than a month fell below 100 as the pandemic continues to subside.



UMMATIMES - Since last May Taiwan has been battling a spike in local cases, tightening restrictions on private gatherings and closing entertainment venues. Officials have signaled that the measure may need to be extended beyond June 28, the cut-off limit.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung announced the addition of 75 Covid-19 cases, which he said was likely to decline.

"We expect this trend to continue," he told a news conference. "This requires the cooperation of all parties."

However, according to Chen, people should not be careless and should still wear masks and wash their hands. Monday was the first time the daily number of cases has fallen below 100 since May 15, when Taiwan raised the alert status in the capital Taipei and neighboring cities after a sudden spike of 180 local cases.

The government is working to speed up a vaccination program that is experiencing supply delays, with only about 6 percent of the 23.5 million population having received the first dose. On Sunday (20/6), 2.5 million doses of vaccine from the United States arrived in Taiwan. So far, Taiwan has 14,080 cases of COVID-19, including 569 deaths.