An aircraft operated by Eva Airways Corp. taxies past another at Taiwan Taoyuan International … [+] Airport. Flights between Taiwan and Shanghai have been disrupted by the Covid outbreak in the big mainland commercial hub. Photographer: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg
Taiwan, home to many of the world’s largest technology companies, reported 359 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday — 281 domestically transmitted and 78 imported, according to the Central News Agenda., citing the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
The domestic case total was the highest daily number this year and has topped 100 for six days in a row, CNA said. The previous 2022 high was 216 on Tuesday.
Travel between Taiwan and mainland China has already been disrupted by the large Covid outbreak in Shanghai. Taipei-based China Airlines said earlier this week all of its passenger flights connecting Shanghai and Taiwan cities between April 5-7 had either been canceled or reassigned for cargo shipments, CNA reported on Tuesday.
EVA Air, the Taiwan carrier controlled by the billionaire Chang family, said has adjusted its flights for April 5-12 so that there will only be three round-trip flights between Shanghai Pudong and Taoyuan airports, CNA said.
Taiwan businesses that rank on the Forbes Global 2000 list of the world’s top publicly traded companies include Hon Hai Precision — the big supplier to Apple led by billionaire Terry Gou, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., or TSMC. Others among Taiwan’s numerous Apple suppliers include Pegatron, Lite-On Technology, Inventec, Catcher Technology, Largan Precision and Compeq Manufacturing.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is reportedly visiting Taiwan this week as part of a wider Asian trip.
Of the 2,061 domestic Covid cases recorded between Jan. 1 and April 5, only five were moderate to severe infections, while the others were either mild or asymptomatic, according to the CECC.
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