Imported COVID-19 cases shows 28% week-on-week increase

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Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are spreading in Taiwan

The Central Epidemic Command Center says that imported COVID-19 cases are on the rise. The CECC reported 502 new imported COVID infections this week, which is about 28% more than the previous week.

Health authorities are attributing the rise in imported cases to the highly infectious COVID-19 Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5.  Although BA.4 and BA.5 can bypass immunity and spread faster than other Covid variants, they are not considered to be any more lethal.

In response to this increase in imported cases, the CECC will roll out second boosters of the COVID vaccine for airport staff and other personnel starting July 1. The vaccine reduces the risk of moderate and severe disease. 

Health authorities urge that first and second COVID-19 vaccine booster shots be taken at least five months apart. 

News Source:RTI
Editor:Naomi Hellman
Source: RTI