CORONAVIRUS/No new COVID-19 cases in Taiwan Friday

05/22/2020 03:41 PM
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Health Minister Chen Shih-chung / Photo courtesy of the CECC
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung / Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus on Wednesday, keeping the total at 441 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

It was also the 40th straight day with no domestically transmitted infections, according to CECC statistics. The last time Taiwan recorded a domestic infection was on April 12.

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak emerged in December 2019, Taiwan has recorded 441 confirmed cases of the infection, 350 of which have been classified as imported and 55 as local infections, according to CECC data.

The other 36 cases resulted from a cluster infection aboard a Navy vessel that returned April 9 from a goodwill mission in the Pacific Ocean that stopped in Palau. Those cases have not yet been classified as either local or imported.

To date, 408 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, seven have died, and the remainder are still hospitalized, according to the CECC.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 5,126,141 people in 187 countries and regions, including 1,600,769 in the United States, 317,554 in Russia, 291,579 in Brazil, 250,908 in the United Kingdom, and 233,037 in Spain, with a total of 331,648 fatalities, according to CECC data as of Friday.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)

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