Taiwan, home to many of the world’s biggest tech companies, reported 68,732 new domestically transmitted Covid-19 cases on Sunday, the highest daily total since the start of the pandemic and more than quadrupling the 15,033 local cases reported on April 30, according to Central News Agency.
Nineteen Covid deaths were reported — all patients were between the ages of 70 and 90, of whom eight had not been vaccinated, the CNA said on Sunday. Of the 672,998 domestic cases reported in Taiwan from January 1 to May 14, 1,151 involved moderate infections and 294 were severe, representing 0.17% and 0.04% of the total; the rest were mild or asymptomatic, the news agency said.
Against this backdrop, Taiwan’s Foreign Trade Development Council on Wednesday reconfirmed previously announced plans for its annual major international technology fair Computex to open for in-person attendance from May 24-27 in Taipei, after two years of virtual exhibitions. About 5,000 people from more than 70 countries signed up for the meeting, which will also be partially hybrid, the CNA said. An online exhibition, Computex DigitalGo, will also be held from May 24 to June 6, the board said, according to a CNA report. Speakers will include Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD, Kurt Sievers, CEO of NXP, and David Moore, director of strategy at Micron, along with executives from Nvidia, Microsoft, Texas Instruments and others. (Click here for more details.)
Earlier this month, Taiwan reduced the hotel’s quarantine time for foreign arrivals to seven days from the previous 10 days, due to the relatively short incubation time of the Omicron virus and the “need for Taiwan to maintain normal economic activity and preserve its capacity.” critical medical care,” CNA reported.
In contrast to Taiwan, mainland China has used long, stringent lockdowns of individuals infected or potentially exposed to Covid that, for some, lasted several weeks. Shanghai will gradually allow malls and markets to reopen from today (see post here).
Taiwan has a population of over 23 million, is home to 22na greater savings and is a leading source of electronics. Taiwanese companies ranked on the Forbes Global 2000’s 2022 list of the world’s top publicly traded companies launched this month include Hon Hai Precision – the major Apple supplier led by billionaire Terry Gou, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., or TSMC, which manufactures computer chips for Intel.
Others among Apple’s numerous Taiwanese suppliers include Pegatron, Lite-On Technology, Inventec, Catcher Technology, Largan Precision and Compeq Manufacturing.
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