The country has experienced a wave of COVID-19 this year, and the excess deaths have aroused concern. Zhuang Renxiang, a spokesman for the command center, said that not only is Taiwan’s death rate far lower than that of major countries in the world, but the number of excess deaths is also the second-lowest in the world, second only to New Zealand.
The country experienced a wave of local COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) last year, and the outside world wondered whether it would cause excess deaths. However, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the total number of deaths last year was 184,000, an increase of 11,000 over the previous year. , but the correlation with the epidemic is low, and the overall excess deaths are still negative.
This year, the COVID-19 epidemic is more severe, and the excess death situation is also high-profile.
Zhuang Renxiang, a spokesman for the Central Epidemic Command Center, said at a press conference this afternoon that the death rate in Taiwan is relatively low among major countries in the world. Looking at the death rate per million people in the past two years, the number of deaths per million in the United States is as high as 3,151 and that in the United Kingdom is 2,707. , Hong Kong 1269, South Korea 478, New Zealand 299, compared with only 277 in Taiwan, slightly higher than Japan 248 and Singapore 233.
Zhuang Renxiang said that according to the “Economist” calculation of the number of excess deaths in various countries, Taiwan ranks the second lowest in the world. The number of excess deaths per 100,000 people in Taiwan is -8, and the number of excess deaths during the epidemic is -2,000, that is, the number of deaths. About 2,000 people younger than usual, second only to New Zealand.
Zhuang Renxiang pointed out that the first-dose vaccination rate of children aged 5 to 11 in Taiwan is as high as 75.1%, which is much higher than 56.1% in Canada, 36.5% in the United States, and 18.5% in Japan, ranking first in the world; the preparation of antiviral drugs is also quite abundant. The utilization rate of confirmed cases is as high as 7.82%, which is higher than 5.56% in the United States, 0.22% in the United Kingdom, 5.91% in Hong Kong, 3.25% in Japan, and 1.33% in South Korea. The drug delivery rate ranks first in the world.
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