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Taiwan revises COVID-19 infection count after missing 400 cases

Reporting slow to catch up with fast-spreading virus, officials say

Motorcyclists wait for the light to change in Taipei. Taiwan is fighting its worst surge in coronavirus infections.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Recent data on new coronavirus infections in Taiwan fell short of the actual count by 400 patients, health authorities said Saturday, as the island fights its worst upswing in COVID-19 cases.

Daily reports on new cases from Sunday to Monday this week missed 30 to 100 patients a day, officials said at a news conference held by the Ministry of Health's Central Epidemic Command Center. Health Minister Chen Shih-chung blamed the miscount on reporting delays by local authorities amid a surge in cases.

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