By Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Feb. 12 (CNA) The influenza outbreak climbed to its peak in Taiwan
during the ongoing Lunar New Year holiday, with the number of flu-related emergency room visits reaching 10,200 on Feb. 9, the day following Lunar New Year’s Day, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a statement Friday.
The daily outbreak, however, has since declined to around 5,000 cases by Thursday, close to the level before the beginning of the nine-day traditional holiday on Feb. 6, the CDC statement said.
According to data compiled by the CDC, from Feb. 6-11, a total of 43 new severe flu cases were confirmed, down from the 76 confirmed severe flu cases, including three deaths, reported between Feb. 2-5.
The Feb. 6-11 figure was also lower than the average of 60 severe flu cases per week before the Lunar New Year holiday, the CDC data shows. [FULL STORY]