CORONAVIRUS/No new COVID-19 cases for 6th day, but masks still required

05/01/2020 04:01 PM
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Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中, center)
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中, center)

Taipei, May 1 (CNA) Taiwan did not record any new COVID-19 cases for a sixth consecutive day Friday, but the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) still advised that people wear masks when visiting crowded places over the Labor Day long weekend.

At a daily press briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, urged people to remain vigilant during the three-day Labor Day weekend that began Friday, when large numbers of people headed to popular vacation areas.

"The pandemic is still raging overseas," Chen said. "As we enter a holiday period today, I don't disagree with people wanting to go out to get some air, but please remember to wear masks in circumstances where it is hard to keep social distancing."

The last time Taiwan reported a confirmed case of COVID-19 was on April 25, and it has not reported a local transmission of the disease since April 12.

There are 31 cases, however, that originated from a cluster infection in a Navy vessel at sea and were reported beginning on April 18 that have yet to be classified as either local or imported infections.

As of Friday, 1,995 people had been listed as having come into contact with the 31 confirmed cases, of which 584 are in home isolation, the CECC said.

Among those in home isolation, 482 have been tested for COVID-19, of which 478 tested negative and the other four have yet to get their results, the CECC said.

The other 1,411 contacts have been asked to practice "self-health management," which means wearing a mask at all times, recording their temperature twice a day, and minimizing the time they spend in public, according to the CECC.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 429 cases of the disease, according to CECC statistics.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 3,291,008 people in 184 countries and regions, including 1,085,683 in the United States, 213,435 in Spain, 205,463 in Italy, 199,533 in France and 171,253 in the United Kingdom, with a total of 232,478 fatalities, according to CECC data as of Friday.

(By William Yen)

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