On May 18, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced 245 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Of the 245 new cases, 240 are indigenous and the other five are imported. Of those new cases, two have died (Case #1522 and Case #2095).
The CECC pointed out that of the 240 indigenous cases, 112 are men and the other 128 are women ranging in ages from under 5 to 99 years old. They began to develop symptoms/were tested between May 5 and May 17. Of 240 individuals, 106 reside in New Taipei City (33 in Zhonghe District); 102 in Taipei City (48 in Wanhua District); 12 in Taoyuan City; 10 in Changhua County; 3 in Keelung City; 3 in Kaohsiung City; 2 in Hsinchu County; 1 each in Hsinchu City and Yunlin County. Furthermore, the CECC announced two deaths today.
Regarding the five new imported cases, Case #2071 and Case #2072 are two Indonesian fishermen in their 20s. They traveled to Taiwan from their home country on May 3. They were tested on May 16 before completing the quarantine period, and infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the cases on May 18.
Case #2151 is a Taiwanese man in his 30s. He returned to Taiwan from Kyrgyzstan on May 16. His sample was collected upon arrival for testing, and infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on May 16.
Case #2151 and Case #2263 are two female migrant workers in their 30s from the Philippines. They arrived in Taiwan on May 4. They were tested on May 17 before completing the quarantine period, and infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on May 17.
The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 261,389 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 244,409. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 2,260 cases. Of the 2,260 confirmed cases, 1,086 are imported; 1,121 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; 14 cases' sources of infection are being investigated; and 3 cases (Case #530, Case #1589 and Case #1676) have been removed (Case #530, Case #1589 and Case #1676 are not assigned to any patients). Of the confirmed cases, there have been 14 deaths, and 1,127 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 1,119 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.