Taiwan reported 16 new local Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest daily increase since the pandemic began, Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) reported.
Three of the cases are related to an arcade in northeast Yilan County, while ten other contacts are in a case confirmed Tuesday involving a Taiwanese man in his sixties, CNA reported, citing Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih- chung.
The recent surge in cases – while a drop in the bucket compared to much of the world – has caused some concern in Taiwan, and many residents are rushing to get vaccinated, according to the CNA.
Taiwan has been commended for its effective and timely response to the virus. It is one of the first places to have no new cases recorded and to go months without infection, which has allowed life on the island to go off as normal, albeit with limited overseas travel.
Vaccination boost: Chen said 11,018 people were vaccinated on Tuesday, the highest daily number ever. The number brought the total number of residents who received a vaccine to 112,543, with around 180,000 doses currently remaining.
Taiwan has a population of more than 23 million. After weeks of concern about low vaccine intake, Chen said he was now concerned that stocks could run out, CNA reported.
Elderly people, medical workers and other emergency or high risk personnel, as well as diplomats, police officers, caregivers and some other professions can currently be vaccinated under the government program.
Anyone who is uninsured and traveling overseas and wants to be vaccinated can do so by paying 600 New Taiwan dollars ($ 21) at certain clinics – about three times the price of government-provided shots.
Wednesday could prove to be another record vaccination day. CNA reported that paid slots for metropolitan hospitals were full by noon and some by the end of the month.
Pilot quarantine: On Monday, Chen said Taiwan would quarantine all active pilots working for Taiwanese airline China Airlines for 14 days after the recent Covid-19 outbreak among flight crews and hotel workers.
Taiwan has reported a total of 1,231 Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths, according to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control.
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