CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan records no new COVID-19 cases, tally remains at 440

05/14/2020 04:11 PM
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Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中)
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中)

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) Taiwan reported no new COVID-19 cases for seven days on Thursday, keeping the number of those infected at 440, 383 of whom have so far recovered, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

It was also the 32nd straight day that no domestically transmitted infections were recorded in Taiwan, and the first time that the country reached the seven-day marker in which it did not record any new cases, either domestic or imported.

Speaking at a daily press briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, reminded the public to remain vigilant in order to help prevent any further spread of the disease.

He also asked people to continue to follow the government's prevention measures, such as wearing a face mask when using public transportation, keeping good personal hygiene and maintaining social distancing in crowded places.

The preventive measures also pertain to local business operators, he said, noting that he will demonstrate how the practice should be carried out at a local eatery chain on Saturday.

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

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 4,378,046 people in 187 countries and regions, including 1,413,539 in the United States, 242,271 in Russia, 229,705 in the United Kingdom, 228,691 in Spain and 222,104 in Italy, with a total of 295,973 fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Thursday.

(By Chen Wei-ting, Chang Min-hsuan and Ko Lin)

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