At a press conference in Taipei on Wednesday, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that a one-month-old baby boy and a five-month-older Indonesian girl had died of COVID at home before being identified. The director of Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control, Chou Ji-haw, said that 88,247 local COVID cases and 122 deaths had been reported at a news conference that afternoon. According to Philip Lo, the deputy chairman of the CECC’s medical response section, there were 67 men and 55 women, ranging in age from under 5 to their 90s.
There were 115 patients with a history of chronic disease and 55 patients who had not been immunized, all of whom were considered severe cases. They were diagnosed between May 4 and May 30 and died between May 15 and 30.
Premature birth and an underlying lung condition contributed to the infant’s death at just one-month-old. Previously, two members of the boy’s family had been diagnosed with COVID.
The youngster had a fever on May 24 but was not taken to the hospital by his family. Comatose, unresponsive, and showing signs of hypoxia were the baby’s state on May 25, 2013.
It was said that the premature infant and his family were escorted to a hospital by police officers. His death was confirmed as COVID infection and respiratory failure in Taiwan’s youngest infant who had died from the virus, making him the country’s first COVID-infected death.
A five-month-old Indonesian girl who was being cared for by a foreign friend of her mother’s died. Caregiver helped provide a fast antigen test, which was positive for the baby’s 38-degree fever on May 14.
The child, on the other hand, was merely given antipyretics and never taken to see a medical professional. Hospital staff discovered that she was comatose due to hypoxia and had lost all vital signs the following day.
Local health experts discovered that the girl’s death was caused by a combination of a COVID infection and heart and pulmonary failure, according to Lo. The child’s death has been reported to social services and the police, who will now aid in the investigation that will be conducted in accordance with established protocols.
In addition, a new case of severe encephalitis in a nine-year-old kid with underlying problems was reported on Wednesday. After a quick antigen test on May 29, he was found to have COVID, a highly contagious virus.
Convulsions and loss of consciousness were among the symptoms he displayed. Remdesivir, steroids, and medication to lower intracranial pressure were administered to him by a doctor.
After being sent to the intensive care unit, the boy was not given oxygen therapy while there. If he remains in the hospital, his vital signs are steady.
At least 29 children under the age of 12 have been diagnosed with severe COVID in Taiwan, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is estimated that these patients have 15 cases of encephalitis; six of these patients have pneumonia; two have sepsis; two have croup, and three of these patients have died at home.
Twelve of the severe cases died, including five from encephalitis, two from pneumonia, one from sepsis, one from comorbidity, and three from the disease in their own homes.
There were 1,999,623 mild and asymptomatic cases in Taiwan from January to May 31 this year, accounting for 99.72 percent of COVID cases in Taiwan during that period, according to the CECC. Moderate cases accounted for 0.19 percent of all cases, while severe cases accounted for 0.09 percent, with 1,524 deaths.