Taiwan records no new COVID-19 case for sixth straight day

05/13/2020 03:46 PM
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Photo courtesy of the CECC
Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, May 13 (CNA) Taiwan did not report any new cases of COVID-19 for a sixth consecutive day on Wednesday, keeping the total at 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

It was also the 31st straight day that no domestically transmitted infections were recorded in Taiwan, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, at a daily press briefing.

Of the 129 people who returned from India on a specially arranged flight earlier this month, one developed respiratory symptoms and was sent to the hospital while the others are still being quarantined, the CECC said.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease late last year, 349 of Taiwan's 440 cases have been classified as imported and 55 as local infections, according to CECC statistics.

The other 36 cases resulted from a cluster infection on a Navy vessel that returned April 9 from a Pacific goodwill mission, and those cases have yet to be classified as either local or imported, CECC data showed.

To date, 375 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, seven have died, and the others are in the hospital, the CECC said.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 4,293,320 people in 186 countries and regions, including 1,391,203 in the United States, 228,030 in Spain, 226,463 in the United Kingdom, 232,243 in Russia, and 221,216 in Italy, with a total of 290,507 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Wednesday.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

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