Taiwan reported another rise in national COVID-19 cases on Saturday, but the health minister said the trend had remained stable with new infections concentrated in the northern part of the island in and around Taipei.
After months of keeping the pandemic under control, Taiwan faces an increase in domestic infections, and the entire island is on heightened alert with people being urged to stay in their homes and many sites closed.
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung announced 321 new domestic cases, plus 400 infections in the past six days whose positive tests were not included in previous reports due to a delay following an increase in case.
Mr. Chen said cases increased on Monday and the trend remained “stable.”
“There is no explosion in the development of the pandemic,” he said, adding that the cases were concentrated in the few hot spots in the capital and its neighboring city, New Taipei.
He reported two new deaths, bringing the total to 17 since the start of the pandemic. Taiwan has reported an accumulation of 3,862 infections, the majority of which are now domestic cases.
Taiwan, calling the weekend critical for breaking the chain of transmission, urged people to stay home.
The health ministry brought out its dog mascot on social media, a Shiba Inu called Zongchai, to suggest songs about loneliness that people could sing at home for entertainment, like the hit by Taiwanese rocker Wu Bai. ” Lonely Tree, Lonely Bird “.
“On weekends, only go out if absolutely necessary,” the ministry said, showing Zongchai wearing glasses in front of a microphone.
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