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The Covid outbreak in Taiwan is at a critical threshold

The local COVID-19 situation in Taiwan is at a critical threshold, but it can hopefully be brought under control in the next couple of weeks, the Central Epidemic Command Center said yesterday.

The virus’ Rt value, which predicts the number of people a patient could infect, has dropped to 1.02 and must fall below one for the outbreak to be under control.

The center made the remarks after reporting 274 locally transmitted cases, 73 backlogged cases and 15 deaths.

Of the 274 local infections, 129 are male and 145 are female, from under the age of five to older than 90, said Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center.

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