CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases Saturday

05/23/2020 03:26 PM
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Health Minister Chen Shih-chung / File photo courtesy of the CECC
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung / File photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, May 23 (CNA) Taiwan reported no new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, maintaining the total number of confirmed cases at 441, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

It was the 41st consecutive day for Taiwan to report no locally transmitted COVID-19 cases since the outbreak began in December 2019, the CECC said in a daily news briefing.

The last time Taiwan recorded a domestic infection was on April 12.

Among the 441 cases, 350 were imported and 55 were domestically transmitted. 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.

So far, 411 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have recovered, seven have died, and the others remained hospitalized, according to the CECC.

During the news briefing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), also the head of the CECC, said a Taiwanese man who had contracted COVID-19 in the Philippines more than two months ago and returned to Taiwan on Friday, has tested negative for the disease.

Chen said when the man boarded a flight back to Taiwan, he sat in the last row of the plane and wore a full-body protective suit. Soon after he stepped off the plane, quarantine officials took samples from him for testing and he went straight into 14 days of quarantine as required for travelers arriving from overseas.

Although the man has tested negative, he still remains in mandatory quarantine, Chen added.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 5,231,502 people in 187 countries and regions, including 1,624,957 in the United States, 326,448 in Russia, 310,087 in Brazil, 254,195 in the United Kingdom, and 234,824 in Spain, with a total of 337,037 fatalities, according to CECC data as of Saturday.

(By Chen Wei-ting, Chang Ming-hsuan and Frances Huang)

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