On May 5, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that local infections remained severe in Laos and cases rose rapidly in recent weeks in the country. Thus, the CECC will remove Laos from its list of medium-risk countries/region, effective immediately. The CECC also reported that local cases in Bhutan continued to increase. Therefore, the CECC will move Bhutan to its list of medium-risk countries/regions from low-risk countries/regions, effective immediately. The latest list of the risk categories for countries/regions is as follows:
1. Low-risk countries/regions: New Zealand, Macao, Palau, Brunei, Nauru, the Marshall Islands, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam.
2. Medium-risk countries/regions: Hong Kong, Fiji, Bhutan
The CECC announced seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Taiwan. As of writing, a cumulative total of 211,543 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 209,384. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 1160 cases. Of the 1160 confirmed cases, 1016 are imported; 94 are indigenous; 36 are naval crew members aboard the Panshi fast combat support ship; 2 are infections on an aircraft; 1 case has unknown sources of infection; 11 cases' sources of infection are being investigated; and 1 case (Case #530) has been removed (Case #530 is not assigned to any patients). Of the confirmed cases, there have been 12 deaths, and 1074 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 74 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.