In Taiwan, covid-19 cases on Thursday are back on the rise again as the country was disclosed to be at its second-highest COVID-19 alert level.
On Thursday, Taiwan confirmed 286 new COVID-19 cases, a slight increase compared to the Wednesday cases that gave the health minister a glimpse of hope that the situation was not rapidly worsening.
Taiwan, which had been cited as an example of how to end the virus in its tracks, has reported rising Covid-19 cases in the community over the last two weeks, with 1,572 cases.
The 267 coronavirus infections detected on Wednesday were up from the previous day’s total count of 268 infections. There was also one new death, that of an elderly woman who lived alone and had serious health issues, bringing the total death toll since the coronavirus pandemic started to 15.
People being screened in the capital, Taipei, and neighboring New Taipei City, where the worst of the outbreak has been centered, have a lower percentage of cases reported, according to Health Minister Chen Shih-Chung.
Taiwan’s parliament will be suspended for a week starting Saturday, according to the official Central News Agency, though some committee sessions have already been forced to cancel.
While ministers declared that the medical system is coping well with the increase in infections, strains are starting to emerge in Taipei, urging an appeal for retired medical personnel to step forward and help.
In one positive story, the COVAX sharing initiative for lower-income countries received over 400,000 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, adding to the 300,000 already received but quickly running out.